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RE: blocking Google Desktop
From: "y0himba" <y0himba () technolounge org>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 14:35:02 -0500

I know how to disable it.  DON'T USE IT.  Why does anyone even need this?
There are a bunch of other apps that do the same and more, and are faster,
and non-privacy invasive.  Konfabulator for one, and many more.  Google
wants to keep the documents you allow them to index for 30 days.  There is
no way I am allowing that, much less allowing them to even index my content.
As for disallowing it, you can pick and choose what they are allowed to
index and what they aren't, read the help file.  If you ask me, MS may be a
monopoly, but Google is invasive to a grand scale.

We are Google.  Resistance is futile. 

-----Original Message-----
From: full-disclosure-bounces () lists grok org uk
[mailto:full-disclosure-bounces () lists grok org uk] On Behalf Of Line Noise
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 2:30 PM
To: Michael Holstein
Cc: full-disclosure () lists grok org uk
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] blocking Google Desktop

On 2/10/06, Michael Holstein <michael.holstein () csuohio edu> wrote:
Sorry, but explain? You mean something beyond the index of your 
personal data then? Did they add something beyond that?

Yes, version 4 adds the ability to "access your documents from anywhere"
-- meaning they're sent to Google's Servers.

Not just sent there; stored there for one month (part of the "agreement", oh
my children). Oh, yes, I'd like to have everyone store everything with
Google. Do they really think they have a lock on security? It makes any
attempts to compromise Google's servers
*extremely* worth while.

EFF's article about it :

http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2006_02.php#004400

I'm still trying to help them understand why stuffing a "Chat"
(mis)feature into gmail is a problem. No way to turn it off, and each
account that gets it, starts up with it enabled. Oh, boy, I really want the
world to know when I'm "on line" (especially when it helpfully adds every
person who sends you email to your "Contacts"
list).  So far, I've received an email from them, patting me on the head,
and telling me that I need to read the help menus better.
"Disable" and "Off" seem not to be in their vocabulary.

I would also venture to say that they should be publicizing information for
corporations to be able to block this wholesale (google desktop and gmail
chat), since we all know there are financial institutions where people work,
and think nothing of saving customer data onto laptops.

I liked gmail. Easy to use, accessible everywhere, anonymous (okay,
pseudo-anonymous). Pity.

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