engine - 8:57 am on Sep 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
This is nothing to do with NSA, it's to do with marketing.
You misunderstand. This is not about others harvesting, it's about protected stats for owned sites. If I own the site, and protect my stats (which I do), what's the point of stats for keywords! Keyword data from independent analysis is now gone.
You will have to use Google's ecosystem if you want to know your keyword referrals from Google, and you'll only get the keyword data that Google wants to share.
It's their search engine, so they can do what they like, and they have.
We'll just have to find other independent ways to get the data, or use more of Google's system.
At some point, Google will have pulled in so much into it's own territory, spoon-feeding what it likes, that the competition authorities will have to start looking more closely. Think Microsoft Windows and IE.