Google Goggles, Government Grins
Talk about biting the hand that feeds... Did you know that a new feature of Google's Desktop stores your PCs files remotely on their servers so that you can search them from wherever you are? Well neither did I, but just set the Search Across Computers option and all of your text based files, from tax returns to love letters, financial records to trashy "Scooter-style" pot-boilers will get uploaded to Google's servers where it can be:
- Scanned so that you can search it from anywhere in the world (the party line)
- Indexed so that Google can target ads in your direction (not yet, but how long can they resist really), and...
- DELIVERED INTO THE HANDS OF THE FEDS WITHOUT A WARRANT, BECAUSE THEY ONLY NEED A SUBPOENA TO GET AT RECORDS STORED WITH A PROVIDER LIKE GOOGLE!!!
With services like yahoo, google, etc, there doesn't even have to be a reason! They just request from your ISP or Minister of Search. They don't have to say why they want it.
Time for us to encrypt our recipes, frog judas.
Glad I read through it before I downloaded it months ago.
(Yet another reason to love my Mac, where OS X's Spotlight search is fast, relevant and private.)
Actually no, but I haven't checking in with my tech sources since last night. Got a particular source in mind?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ??? WUWT?
Thanks for the heads up Kvatch.
But then, what is the deal with Google hosting 'free blogs'?
Don't tell me the 'future potential profits' by people who put ad-pay on, will pay for the huge amount of space/storage needed.I don't buy it.
I've always had the feeling that it was an easy -as- pie way to keep track of the potential 'leaders'and their comments-
BEFORE they try something brave, daring and stupid.
It's allot easier, exacting,and cheaper than applying ECHELON.
Good on you for raising a stink. I hope more people will follow suit.
My guess is that the whole indexing system was tried out on the blogs first.
Shaula, thanks for dropping by. You'll find if you spend any time here that I'm always on about something privacy related.
My computer used to tell me "There are other users logged onto your computer, if you shut down now they will lose work, do you wish to continue?" A quick check of the firewall log gave me the IP, WHOIS identified the "US Navy - Dept of Space & Naval Warfare."
I did nothing to attract attention except have the wrong name (Google search revealed 7 pages about a dead Israeli celebrity who "died tragically"). That's been changed back to the maiden name, believe me. Otherwise, I am Christian, Caucasian, family in US since 1805, and did nothing wrong.
I honestly can't tell you what's worse - the electronic spying, wondering what else is being tapped, the physical tail I had while driving on several occasions, a probable sneek & peek, the destruction of computer hardware, or simply wondering if I spoke out publicly or tried to document and whistle blow if I too might disappear into that world of secret prisons, no lawyers and unlimited detention.
By all means, don't make it any easier on them by using this tool, but don't kid yourself that you too don't have a secret TIA file somewhere with a security ranking.
Round of applause for our anonymous poster who has given us the best reason yet to use Mac OSX. Thank you, I could not have said it better myself. :-)
BTW: It's called ADVISE now. TIA has been consigned to the dustbin of history...but of course lives on.