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4.22.2005

Watch out for Big Brother Google

I came across some interesting information via the blog The Tinfoil Tales. Yeah, I know, the name fits me good. I'm a tinfoil hat wearer. Anyways, from her blog

A quick look at the e-mail headlines of today reveals what Google has been up to lately. In addition to their spy-mail, er, I mean gmail, they now are going to track your internet searches!

Google enables users to view personal search histories
Google Inc. is experimenting with a new feature that enables the users of its online search engine to see all of their past search requests and results, creating a computer peephole that could prove as embarrassing as it is helpful.
[...]
"We think there is some value in providing people with visibility into their past activity on Google," said Marissa Mayer, the company's director of consumer Web products. But privacy rights expert Pam Dixon is worried the service will make it easier for mischief makers, snoops and perhaps even the government to get their hands on a user's entire search history.

"It's really a bad idea," said Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum. "If you need to keep track of your past searches, I recommend using a notebook. It would be a lot more private and a lot less risky."


So, beware what you're searching for. Not only that, Google will now provide you with Googlemaps, where you can zoom in on any location:

Connected: Google shows way with detailed map
[...]
It looks normal enough when you first go to maps.google.com. A political map of the United States and Canada pops up on your screen. But the differences are quickly noticeable. For instance, if you hold down your left-mouse button, you can drag the map around the screen. Double-clicking on any point on the map will move that point to the center of your window. Then, you can zoom or type. If you drag the zoom tool toward the + end of the scale, the map zooms quickly into a local map centered on the same point as the larger map. Taking only a couple seconds to refresh, you'll see amazingly close detail -- which you also can drag with your mouse.

Ve vill find you vherever you go, bwaaaa haaaaa haaaaa!

And finally, from the horse's mouth...

" We are moving to a Google that knows more about you."

— Google CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking to financial analysts,
February 9, 2005, as quoted in the New York Times the next day

Well, I will probably get kicked in the google for this post. I may disappear from search engines.

Watch out!!