Friday, February 10, 2006

Google Spies

Just what is up with Google these days? They've now irked the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is warning users to be careful how they use a new "feature" of Google's Desktop software. The new functionality allows users to have Google's Desktop Search index their computer and upload the content to Google's severs. Why? It allows users to search for content across computers. Interesting idea -- but suddenly, the contents of your home PC is at Google, making Google the one-stop place for hackers or law enforcement agents to obtain information about you. Just like the latest brouhaha over the US Justice Department issuing a subpoena to obtain information from the search giants -- a subpoena could be issued to obtain your personal information, where today it would require a warrant to get into your home PC. Google has suddenly become a device for Big Brother.

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