RE: Google desktop search and privacy

Subject: RE: Google desktop search and privacy
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 10:12:11 -0400

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I recently tried out both Copernic and Google Desktop Search on a PC
with no Internet connection. Google Desktop Search is practically
useless without the Internet: You can't set user preferences and you can
only see partial results from a *local* file search. Copernic, OTOH,
seems to be fully functional without the Internet. Looks to me as if
privacy is still an issue when choosing a desktop search tool.

-- Dan Goldstein

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Galloway
> Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 1:43 PM
> Subject: Re: Google desktop search and privacy
> <Dan Goldstein> wrote:
> > * "The way the software tool is designed, a user's queries, but no
> > locally stored information, is distributed via the Internet. But by
> > reading user queries sent to its search service, Google is able to
> > place its AdWords text advertisements next to the search results
> > displayed in a user's browser window."
> If you look at the Desktop Search documentation, it clearly
> states that the only time a user's queries are sent via the
> Internet (to
> Google) is when a user specifically requests doing both a web
> search and a desktop search on the query. In other words,
> it's the exact same thing as doing a regular Google web
> search, but the program on your machine adds in the desktop
> search results to the returned, with ads, Google web search
> results. If you want your query to go out via the Internet,
> you have to specifically request that it do so.

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