Tarry for the Nonce

February 10, 2006

Which Would You Rather Have?

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 4:46 pm

Pay attention to Google invasions of privacy:

“Coming on the heels of serious consumer concern about government snooping into Google’s search logs, it’s shocking that Google expects its users to now trust it with the contents of their personal computers,” said EFF staff attorney Kevin Bankston.

“Unless you configure Google Desktop very carefully, and few people will, Google will have copies of your tax returns, love letters, business records, financial and medical files, and whatever other text-based documents the desktop software can index.

“The government could then demand these personal files with only a subpoena rather than the search warrant it would need to seize the same things from your home or business,” he said.

The EFF is concerned about a feature in Google Desktop 3 that lets users search their content on multiple computers.

To do this, people have to let Google transfer the files to its own servers . . .

The search giant has sought to reassure privacy advocates, saying it will not keep the information for more than 30 days and strictly limit who has access to the data.

“We think this will be a very useful tool, but you will have to give up some of your privacy,” said Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search products and user experience.

Just be aware.

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1 Comment

  1. “We think this will be a very useful tool, but you will have to give up some of your privacy.”

    Chip … chip … chip –> no privacy

    Join EFF if you are concerned about privacy.

    Comment by jeff — February 12, 2006 @ 12:27 am


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