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by oludir / August 16, 2006 10:00 AM PDT

Am I correct to assume that google desktop actually transfers indexed tags from a person's computers to google servers?

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by John.Wilkinson / August 16, 2006 10:56 AM PDT
In reply to: google desktop!

Google may be very invasive when it comes to your personal information, but they are remarkably clear about what they do and do not do. For instance, you can click here to read the privacy policy concerning Google Desktop, which they expressly state that copies of such indexed files are sent to Google's servers. If you read further you'll find that they 'respect your privacy,' but do use the information for advertising purposes and share general information, in aggregate, with third parties.


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what about you?
by oludir / August 16, 2006 12:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes...

Do you use google desktop without overwhelming privacy concerns?

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by John.Wilkinson / August 16, 2006 1:05 PM PDT
In reply to: what about you?

The only two Google services I use are Gmail and Picasa (image editor). Instead I use Yahoo's internet search, Windows Live Local and Yahoo Maps Beta for maps and directions, etc. I just choose what i think is the best in each category...what works for me. I must say, though, that I rarely use my Gmail accounts (I prefer Yahoo Mail Beta and Windows Live Mail), though Picasa receives a good amount of use.

In regards to the privacy concerns, I think Google goes over the top and that's one of the reasons I don't use their services much. (Mostly, though, it's that I prefer what others offer.) The thing I find most disconcerting about Google, though, is their advertising practices. They are quite invasive and some of the companies, products, and services they advertise are dangerous. Thus, I took the time to completely block everything Google (cookies, iFrames, images, etc) except for that which I need. Millions love and praise Google, but I've looked behind the curtain and didn't like a lot of what I saw.

Just my 2 cents.

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by oludir / August 16, 2006 1:38 PM PDT
In reply to: No...

I have for a while thought the same way. I uninstalled google desktop the second I discovered search result tags were uploaded to google servers.

Thanks for your candid opinions though.

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