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Google was the first search engine to use a cookie that expires in 2038. Immortal cookies are now commonplace among search engines. These cookies place a unique ID number on the users computer. Anytime a user lands on a Google page, a Google cookie is given if it does not already exist. If it exists, Google reads and records the unique ID number.
Google says it won’t give access to the preferences feature unless the cookies are enabled. That is not what the user wants. The reason why this page came up in the first place is because the user doesn’t want google to store personal information. What the user expects is an alternate way to store preferences with out storing a cookie.
Google has acquired Keyhole, Inc., which has a database of 3-D spy-in-the-sky images from all over the globe. Their software provides a virtual fly-over and zoom-in with one-foot resolution. Keyhole is supported by In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm funded by the CIA, in an effort to "identify and invest in companies developing cutting-edge information technologies that serve United States national security interests."
In 2003, Keyhole's CEO John Hanke was quoted in an In-Q-Tel press release: "Keyhole's strategic relationship with In-Q-Tel means that the Intelligence Community can now benefit from the massive scalability and high performance of the Keyhole enterprise solution."
The spooks in Washington now had another hook into Google, Inc. Then in mid-2005, Rob Painter joined Google as Senior Federal Manager. He came straight from In-Q-Tel, where he had been Director of Technology Assessment.
On 2004-02-26 Larry Page told Reuters:
"On the more exciting front, you can imagine your brain being augmented by Google. For example you think about something and your cell phone could whisper the answer into your ear."
At the Search Engine Strategies conference on 2004-03-03, Craig Silverstein said that in the future people will have "search pets":
Silverstein sees search pets as being able to find to the correct answer to these tricky interpretive questions. Will searching as we know it be completely replaced by search pets? "We'll still search for facts," he says, "but in all likelihood the facts will be contained in a brain implant."
At the heart of Google's caching dilemma lies a thorny legal problem involving a core Web technology: When is it acceptable to copy someone else's Web page, even temporarily?
A phantom life for dead pages
Google's cache, a feature introduced in 1997, is unique among commercial search engines, but it's not unlike other archival sites on the Web that keep digital copies of Web pages. Google's relatively little-known feature lets people access a copy of almost any Web page, within Google's own site, in the form it was in whenever last indexed by the search giant. That could mean the page accessed is either minutes or months old, depending on when Google last crawled it.
Unlike formal Web archive projects, Google says its cache feature does not attempt to create a permanent historical record of the Web. Rather, the company actively seeks to delete dead links; once a Web page disappears, the search engine seeks to purge that record and any related cached page as quickly as possible.
Originally posted by sheepslayer247
This issue has always bothered me. They can collect and archive all of your history...then pass it along to whomever. I can just imagine how some of my search terms would be perceived by the watchers at Google.
That's why I use startpage.com. They are a great search engine!
S and Fedit on 16-11-2011 by sheepslayer247 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Kutas
Here is whats tracking us in this thread