Friday, February 03, 2006

Google Searches Not Private

When Google is not your friend | CNET is a (long) overview of the basics of what search engines know about users and the search terms they have used, either through cookies and IP addresses or accounts with Yahoo, Google, AOL or MSN.

What it all comes down to is that information most users believe is private can be attached to a person via multiple avenues. The search terms used can be tracked and linked to every user (or at least to their computer). Good overview for anyone curious about what information is available at all search engines to be subpoenaed by courts or governments. (Everything you've ever searched for)

This was highlighted recently when a man who killed his wife had searched Google for "neck, snap, break" on his computer and it was introduced into evidence at trial. This evidence was not supoenaed from Google, but was found on his computer directly.

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posted by RealitySEO at 3:08 PM


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