Will Google Protect Your Privacy?

Oct 23, 2007 • 9:30 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Another Google privacy discussion has emerged as a result of a Times Online article:

Google’s overall goal is to have a record of every e-mail we have ever written, every contact whose details we have recorded, every file we have created, every picture we have taken and saved, every appointment we have made, every website we have visited, every search query we have typed into its home page, every ad we have clicked on, and everything we have bought online. It wants to know and record where we have been and, thanks to our search history of airlines, car-hire firms and MapQuest, where we are going in the future and when.

Right now, Google says you can opt in and that your data is protected. But in a few years time, will the same board members make the same decisions? Probably not. Forum members fear a change in regime when that may occur. So what can be done? One member suggests that there be another search engine that lures people away from Google. This could be Ask.com, perhaps.

But for those concerned about privacy, there are two options: create multiple accounts for multiple purposes, or don't sign up for Google accounts at all. The former seems a little complicated.

And all this time, I'm wondering that if Google really wants my data, when is Gmail going to have unlimited storage? ;)

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld and Sphinn.

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