I'm aware of instructions like the ones found at [google.com...] showing how to remove content from Google's index as well as other search engines.
Still I have some sensitive content that is exposed and I want it removed sooner than later. I have shared the content with business partners and they have exposed my data on their web sites. I'm trying to make an instructional sheet to provide to them so they can correct this and to make the process as painless as possible for all involved. I want it gone from the index, cache, and anywhere else it may reside.
The most common solution is also time insensitive. Modifying the robots.txt only works as fast as a site is crawled. Does anyone have any ideas I can pass on to expedite this matter?
make the process as painless as possible for all involved.
Relying on end users to do *anything* is always an unreliable and risky approach. Have you considered just moving/renaming all the files and 404'ing the sensitive data? This renders the indexed links irrelevant. In spite of how much work it might be, it might be the easiest path.
If this were me, I would consider it an error on my part (in judgment, programming, oversight, whatever) and would make it transparent to my users. As for the data on their sites, I'm not sure how I would approach that; if it's sensitive data and you no longer have control over it (being on their sites,) I'd have to re-think how I distribute that data.
you must give the search engines the proper response to indicate you don't want that content indexed. this will require the cooperation of your "business partners". it is explained pretty well in this recent post: [webmasterworld.com...]