Google Desktop’s Across Network Search Raises Privacy Concerns

I always raise red flags at any Google’s eating the world warnings. Plus, I’m a huge fan of the Google Desktop app that allows me to search my entire hard drive + external drives all in one interface. But Google is soon adding the capability for you to run Google Desktop on multiple machines across a network and search them all at the same time. This means Google would store copies of your hard drive on their servers.
Now that’s scary as hell.

Google today announced a new “feature” of its Google Desktop software that greatly increases the risk to consumer privacy. If a consumer chooses to use it, the new “Search Across Computers” feature will store copies of the user’s Word documents, PDFs, spreadsheets and other text-based documents on Google’s own servers, to enable searching from any one of the user’s computers.






One response to “Google Desktop’s Across Network Search Raises Privacy Concerns”

  1. Lyle Lachmuth Avatar

    I saw this note on Yahoo news.
    Thanks for the clear explanation of what I need to do avoid this risk… namely don’t enable “Search across Computers!”
    Thanks dude, L

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