[14:22:34.708] GET https://www.google.com.au/client_204?&bi... [HTTP/1.1 204 No Content 179ms][14:22:35.322] GET https://www.google.com.au/csi?v=3&s=web&... [HTTP/1.1 204 No Content 160ms]--[14:22:43.185] GET http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j... [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 218ms][14:22:43.581] GET http://www.arduino.cc/ [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 1297ms]
[14:24:48.819] GET http://www.bing.com/fd/ls/GLinkPing.aspx? ...[undefined 83ms][14:24:48.902] GET http://www.arduino.cc/ [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 1215ms]
even if Google are planning to "do no evil"
The thing that troubles me about this is that, even if Google are planning to "do no evil" (and making a lot of money isn't necessarily totally consistent with that), once the data is collected (who is searching for what, and how often, and what links they ultimately follow), who can say for sure that one day this won't happen:Google are served with a Court order to hand over all their records (eg. "to catch terrorists")The files are just leaked - remember WikiLeaks? Any security system will eventually be broken.
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
dequately explained by incompetence
I don't have a problem with Google keeping track of what pages link to other pages (via their crawling spider bots). After all, that's what basically makes it work. And to an extent, using your IP address to narrow down searches is probably OK too, since if I search for a plumber I probably want one here, and not in London.
But once they start to remember what I searched for, and trying to build up a commercial profile of me, with a view to selling that to advertisers, then I think it steps over the line. Put it like this: today they sell to advertisers, tomorrow: political parties.
With regard to your data it all boils down to: If a service is free you are the product.
I'm not sure I know of a search engine that is reasonably good, that you pay for, that doesn't collect personal information.