Google desktop search not evil says Seltzer

Summary:eWeek Security Center editor Larry Seltzer tears apart Google's Desktop Search (GDS) software and then puts it back together and concludes that most of the criticisim being levied against Google, particularly in the areas of security and privacy, are FUD. In his findings, Seltzer says, "[Google's] privacy policy says, among other things, 'Your computer's content is not made accessible to Google or anyone else without your explicit permission.

eWeek Security Center editor Larry Seltzer tears apart Google's Desktop Search (GDS) software and then puts it back together and concludes that most of the criticisim being levied against Google, particularly in the areas of security and privacy, are FUD. In his findings, Seltzer says, "[Google's] privacy policy says, among other things, 'Your computer's content is not made accessible to Google or anyone else without your explicit permission.' This won't stop some from assuming that big, evil Google Inc. will do so anyway, perhaps to finance its other evil ventures such as the free search service it provides."

Topics: Google

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