google search bar
k1pfeifle at gmx.net
Mon Feb 6 20:20:56 GMT 2006
On Monday 06 February 2006 17:18, Dirk Mueller wrote:
> is an interesting read, given that we default to Google searches. I suggest we
> rethink this.
> Q: Does that mean Google has the technical ability to link a person's
> searches together and divulge them when legally required?
> Yes. Google says in its FAQ that it records Internet address, date,
> time, browser type, operating system and a cookie ID. Author and
> entrepreneur John Battelle received word from Google this week thatthe
> company can perform two important types of matches. (We confirmed this
> with Google and followed up with additional questions.) First, given a
> number of search terms, Google can produce a list of people(identified
> by Internet address or cookie) who searched for a given term. Second,
> given a collection of Internet addresses, Google can produce a list of
> the terms searched by the user of a given address. That effectively
> creates an electronic dossier of an individual.
Uhm... but this isn't anything new, substantially? That's what cookies
are for, no? And given that Google is *the* data mining company, I
never ever thaught they'd delete these data.
Trust their "We do no evil" however much you want *now* -- there surely
will come a day, when a new board of directors, a new econonmic climate
in their industry, a new competitor, a new disruptive technology,...
will change the attitude of even such a company as Google.
Indeed, re-thinking the current default for the search engine is a good
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