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A former Federal Trade Commission employee has filed a complaint with the agency accusing Google Inc. of not adequately protecting the privacy of consumers’ search queries.
The complaint was filed September 6 by Christopher Soghoian, who worked until August as a technologist with the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. It calls on the agency to investigate Google and to “compel Google to take proactive steps to protect the privacy of individual users’ search terms.” The complaint alleges Google shares with third parties users’ search queries, including those that contain personal information.
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The complaint alleges Google shares with third parties users’ search queries, including those that contain personal information
THe referrer header IS an invasion of privacy
It's not even immediately clear why technical people would've designed this into the web in the first place.
How can something your browser broadcasts be in invasion?
Mr. Soghoian’s complaint centers on the way the Internet handles links that users click on to surf. When a link is clicked, the address where the user came from is transmitted to the linked site via something called a “referrer header.” In the case of search queries, this address includes the entire text of the search, which may contain users’ personal information if, say, they search for their own name
Since it's easy, it is entirely reasonable that search engines offer the option to hide referrer data.
there has never been any real demand for referrer blocking even among the people who know about it.
There is a vast difference between transmitting the page that the user arrived from (the original intention) and transmitting a list of keywords that the user entered.
If I was asked to solve the problem of bookmarking pages created using POST, I would start by adjusting the bookmark editor and add a field for the POST data.
the POST data does not exist on the page created by the post
You're over-reaching with your argument here!
So, my solution of fixing the search engines (by using POST) is better than "fixing the browser" from a webmaster point of view.