walkman - 12:56 am on Oct 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google is no doubt saddened by this inconvenience that their competitors are going to suffer from.
plus the effect on all the non google advertising agencies who depend on search querystrings to select adverts, nice
If you choose to click on an ad appearing on our search results page, your browser will continue to send the relevant query over the network to enable advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns and to improve the ads and offers they present to you.
As I understand it it only applies to non-paid search. So if you buy ads you get statistics. I guess the adword advertisers have promised not to be evil so there's no privacy violations there.
I think we should not focus on questioning Google's motives on this or any other thing, but on the benefits they bring to the world.