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Google says it plans to encrypt all data transferred from users' hard drives and restrict access.
Unless you configure Google Desktop very carefully, and few people will, Google will have copies of your tax returns, love letters, business records, financial and medical files, and whatever other text-based documents the desktop software can index.
The government could then demand these personal files with only a subpoena rather than the search warrant it would need to seize the same things from your home or business,"
The new version of its desktop search software comes as Google is battling efforts by the US Department of Justice to force it to hand over data about what people are looking for.
they have the best hackers on the planet on their payroll.
Originally posted by LoganCale
albie: Please don't be one of those people who thinks "Well, I'm not doing anything wrong, so I think they should be able to monitor everyone! If you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide!"
Fact is, people have an inherent right to privacy. Now, Google is a private organization and can log their searches if they list that they do that so people can make an informed decision to use them or not. That doesn't mean they should do that, though. They've been logging their searches since the beginning and I still use them, just because I need good search results.
Originally posted by dawnstar
....does the words identity theft mean anything to anyone??
if they are pulling up things like our income tax records, I don't care if they are storing them in encrypted code, they have no reason to have my social security number on file....not to mention my credit card info, or banking info...