Friday, February 10, 2006

Google back in the privacy hot-seat - this time it's Google Desktop V3

Google just can't stay out of the public eye when it comes to privacy. Just as they seemed to be recovering from controversy over their China strategy - mainly cos everyone's more distracted with Yahoo's goofs - now a privacy group, the aptly named Electronic Frontier Foundation, is publically challenging them over their newest release and innovation with Google Desktop V3.

If consumers choose to use it, the controversial Google Desktp V3 feature allows them to search across multiple computers they may own or have access to locate a personal document, such as a Word document, PDF, or spreadsheet. The issue is that to enable this feature, users must allow Google keep their personal data on its servers for up to 30 days.

And we all know what might happen to users data on Internet servers - Yep, good ol' Uncel Sam comes a calling. So, for those of you with shady tax information or dodgy porno piccies - the new Google Desktop may not be one for you.

For the rest of us - go get it! It looks great to me.

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