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Re: SF new column announcement: Google's data minefield
From: Yousef Syed <yousef.syed () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 20:16:57 +0000

The best way around it would be to not store any data that could
indentify an individual.
Google want to know what people are searching for, what links they
considered pertinent to their search etc. They don't need to store my
Name, Address, IP address etc.

Strange how much personal privacy we are happy to give up at the click
of a button...


On 02/02/06, Gaddis, Jeremy L. <jeremy () linuxwiz net> wrote:
Kelly Martin wrote:
The following Front Page column was published on SecurityFocus today:

Google's data minefield
by Mark Rasch
2006-01-30

The U.S. government's broad subpoena to search engines effectively seeks
to mine the data of the Internet. While Google has resisted the
subpoena, there may be little they can do to protect our privacy from
prying eyes.

Really?  They could simply not log it.

I have had customers in the past where we decided not to retain
information such as search queries, mail server logs, web server logs,
etc.  It's somewhat empowering to tell someone's attorney, "Sorry, I
can't give you that information -- we don't retain it."

Of course, the downside to Google not logging the search terms would be
that they wouldn't have access to them either.  Google needs that type
of information in order to survive, one could argue.

-j

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Jeremy L. Gaddis, GCWN, Linux+, Network+
LinuxWiz Consulting
http://www.linuxwiz.net/

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