Boycott of Google Desktop urged

By Derek Sooman on February 13, 2006, 8:05 PM
Digital rights advocates are again warning about the dangers of Google Desktopís new computer to computer search feature, which they claim threatens individualís privacy rights. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has issued a warning to consumers about using the feature, which stores copies of the contents of their hard drives on the search companyís servers.

The EFF urged consumers not to use the feature called "Search Across Computers" because it makes their personal data vulnerable to government subpoena, private litigants, and hackers.

"Coming on the heels of serious consumer concern about government snooping into Googleís search logs, itís shocking that Google expects its users to now trust it with the contents of their personal computers," said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston.

Google has not responded with any comments as regards the warnings. EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn claims that many Internet innovations involve storing personal files on a service providerís computer, but with outdated laws in place, consumers who want to use these new technologies have to surrender their privacy rights.




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vigilante said:
Wow, I wouldn't have expected that from Google. Unless I'm missing part of the story. Why on EARTH would somebody want search results from someone else's hard drive? That sounds utterly useless and quite scary.
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by vigilante:[/b][quote]Wow, I wouldn't have expected that from Google. Unless I'm missing part of the story. Why on EARTH would somebody want search results from someone else's hard drive? That sounds utterly useless and quite scary.[/quote]Its not results from someone else's hard drive, its resuls from a second machine that you use, i.e. from your home machine and your work machine. Its actually a very useful concept.
Cartz said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]Its not results from someone else's hard drive, its resuls from a second machine that you use, i.e. from your home machine and your work machine. Its actually a very useful concept.[/quote]And as this article points out, a very dangerous one as well... I've never used google toolbar though, I don't like spyware, even if it does include a useful toolbar.
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