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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
 
google boggle: cookie singularity

Have you read Google's privacy discalimer for their new desktop search client? Oh you should, and then ask about what's NOT said. This is what is said

Google Desktop Search does not make your computer's content accessible to Google or anyone else without your explicit permission.


It does NOT, however, say anything about 'search terms used'. Will google harvest search terms, times of searches, and whether or not searches were successful? While the content itself, per se, is not revealed much about the content could be extrapolated. And with the unique desktop search identifier, which is no doubt cross compared with your extant google cookie, google will be able to speculate on your private data. This is such a bad idea. There is the option to opt-out of sending information to google, but it's not clear how much data won't be sent.

Evidence for our speculation:

When the web results come back to your computer, the Google Desktop Search program grabs them and adds in the results from its index.

http://desktop.google.com/privacyfaq.html - question 5



So google web search returns results, but doesn't harvest the keywords? That would be a neat trick. No thanks, I really don't want google to know what I'm searching for thank you.




Your computer's content is not made accessible to Google or anyone else without your explicit permission.


Gee, will google resort to malware tactics and hide explicit consent as the default setting for their application? Noooo, they would never do that to harvest data!

Google Desktop Search uses the same cookie as Google.com and other Google services.

Concerned with personal privacy? My ass. Then why the cookie singularity, google?


{cookie singularity first coined here, like so many other apt phrases}


After a successful installation, Google Desktop Search creates an index to make your email, files, chats and web history searchable

In one file? With the same name as on every other desktop with google? Wow, that's not a malware exploit waiting to happen at all, is it?


9. Is Google Desktop Search spyware?

No.



BULLSHIT! Google desktop is voluntarily installed spyware.


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