| 1:38 am on Feb 27, 2003 (gmt 0)|
If you don't use the advanced features, the toolbar doesn't send any info to Google as you surf.
Google also works fine if you disable cookies; you just can't set persistent search preferences. Every major browser makes it easy to manage or disable cookies on a per-site basis.
Google uses url redirection on only a small percentage of searches as a barometer of how our quality is. Most other search engines track every click. Google is more concerned with getting users to their destination faster, not tracking users.
Google does not allow third-party cookies on search pages. Just about every other search engine does, esp. via banner ads.
The toolbar is a voluntary download, and the advanced features are *opt-in*. Anyone who claims the Google toolbar is spyware is misinformed or throwing stones on purpose.
It's clearly written and very short. :)
| 2:41 am on Feb 27, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Actually, I'm with GG on this topic (almost completely, see below).
The only thing I thing is 'missing' from the policy is information regarding how long the data is retained.
But this I can tell you -- I'd gladly install the GoogleBar over that other A.... search bar. Their policy is terrible. (As is it's parent's)
| 2:41 am on Feb 27, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Is it true that everyone loves Google because they don't have any lawyers in the advertising department?
| 7:15 pm on Feb 27, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Yeah, I thought about googlebar privacy today. Since it says it collects URL .... GoogleGuy, will it be dangerous if
1. I access an URL with some my sensitive password in it?
2. How about this URL is loaded from secure server.
3. Will Google INDEX IT! wow, die man.
| 7:01 am on Feb 28, 2003 (gmt 0)|
jamesyap, putting a password in a url would be pretty bad--in general, if someone can type in a url and find "secret" pages without entering a password, that's bad news. Referer leaks, proxy logs, etc. can all cause that to leak.
The way to protect a page is with robots.txt, meta tags, or .htaccess password protection--not obscurity. Of course, if you leave sensitive information up on the web and Google indexes it, you can use our automatic url removal tool to take your own pages out of our index.
| 7:09 am on Feb 28, 2003 (gmt 0)|
The RIAA lawyers are battling the ISP lawyers over the names of certain downloaders, who are suspected of whatever. It is comforting that the ISP's are putting up a fight to defend the privacy of their clients (as well as their own livelihood). Many honest people value their privacy on principle.
I wouldn't presume to ask Google to step up to the plate and state unequivocably that they would vigororously defend the privacy of their clients.
Who am I? Just one schmuck in San Francisco concerned about his privacy.
But it would sure be nice to know that they would...
| 1:25 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)|
| 2:04 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)|
So to sum up what GG said - you can block the Google cookies if you want, unless you want your default language to be "Elmer Fudd". (Found that one last night. Oh, where can I send the bill to clean my keyboard from the soft-drink I was drinking?) :D
| 5:54 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)|
It's even better than that, daroz. If you want to search in Elmer Fudd, just bookmark this page:
No need to enable those cookies at all if you don't want to. :)
My favorites: searching in Arabic and Hebrew. I don't know either language, but those letters look so cool! The Hebrew search is even right-to-left:
Isn't that wild? :)
| 6:43 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Hey GoogleGuy, when you add URL on the addurl page, it magically pops up into the toolbar. What's the deal on that? Kind of a paranoia magnet...
| 6:57 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)|
GG -- It's all about the toys. :)
Thanks for the link!
| 7:43 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)|
|Unlike an ISP, Google doesn't have any personally identifiable information. |
Good information. Thanks GG!
| 10:22 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)|
|when you add URL on the addurl page, it magically pops up into the toolbar |
The toolbar grabs whatever is after the &q= in the URL and sticks it into the editbox. It looks like the addurl uses the same parameter.
| 10:41 pm on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I consider IP addresses to be personally identifiable information. Especially if an IP can be associated with a search term. Sure, Google might not consider this personally identifiable but Big Brother could follow a subpoenaed Google trail back to the ISP and eventually the end computer. Unless Google does not log IP addresses(?). Otherwise, I consider the answers given by GoogleGuy to be misleading.
| 5:07 pm on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
|Unless Google does not log IP addresses(?). |
I highly recommend people hook up a packet sniffer and see what type of URLs triggers PageRank queries. I tried it once (about a year ago) and it was pretty easy. PageRank was basically a bunch of HTTP queries.
When I tried it, the toolbar didn't send back anything to Google for IP based or SSL URLs (which made sense because these always have a gray pagerank bar).
| 5:18 pm on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
| 6:05 pm on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
"Google notes and saves information such as time of day, browser type, browser language, and IP address with each query. That information is used to verify our records and to provide more relevant services to users. For example, Google may use your IP address or browser language to determine which language to use when showing search results or advertisements."
| 7:30 pm on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Hey all, first post:
Nothing beats the memories from childhood. [google.com...]
| 6:29 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I was thrilled to find Google in Klingon, but since I speak that so poorly, is someone working on a Ferengi version?
Who wants to be a Wild~N~Wooley Klingon Chick.