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Google may choose to exhibit its search results in the form of a "URL redirecter." When Google uses a URL redirecter, if you click on a URL from a search result, information about the click is sent to Google, and Google in turn sends you to the site you clicked on. Google uses this URL information to understand and improve the quality of Google's search technology. For instance, Google uses this information to determine how often users are satisfied with the first result of a query and how often they proceed to later results.
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. :)
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)
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.
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...
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? :)
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).
"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."