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    Question Advice on Google

    Hey Guys

    This post might be a little off topic, but I thought people here might appreciate why I'm concerned. Its a well known fact that Google collects personal information about its users. What we don't know, is what exactly they do with it. Who gets to see it? By law, in the UK anyway, we are entitled to see ALL of out own personal information because of the Data Protection Act. Anyhow, I was wandering around the Google page, and came across the Web History section. I don't know if this is new or was implemented a long while ago, but it was unsettling. For those who are unaware, the Google web history section stores every single search you put into Google, and the page you visited from that search. There was a 10month list on my web history. I hate the fact that Google and whoever else THEY allow, not us, can view the data. I was just wondering what people thought of this? And can anyone suggest any other search engines?

    Thanks Guys

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    Re: Advice on Google

    Quote Originally Posted by drpepper View Post
    can anyone suggest any other search engines?
    clusty.com

    Also, if you *must* use google, disable cookies...
    Not even tinfoil can save us now...

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    Re: Advice on Google

    I'm currently using the iGoogle thing as my homepage as its convenient. But I decided just to make my own, its only RSS feeds for info and links to email. Clusty looks good, thanks aks44

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    Quote Originally Posted by drpepper View Post
    I'm currently using the iGoogle thing as my homepage as its convenient. But I decided just to make my own, its only RSS feeds for info and links to email.
    netvibes.com?
    Not even tinfoil can save us now...

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    Re: Advice on Google

    I turned web history off a while ago, I'd rather not have my searches available.

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    Re: Advice on Google

    What you want is black box search.

    http://www.blackboxsearch.com/

    Disabling cookies are good, but the search page will still log some info (ip, date and time, language, browser, etc). Searching through proxy is the way to go.

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    Re: Advice on Google

    I've had firefox ask me what to do with cookies for a while. It works quite well and I clear my history etc regular but this still doesn't help with data on their side, ah well. Black box seems good too, gonna give them a go for a while and then decide. Netvibes is good but seems a bit overkill, lol. Still worth a go tho!

    Cheers Guys

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    Re: Advice on Google

    Quote Originally Posted by aks44 View Post
    i've been using netvibes for almost two years and i cannot live without it. no, seriously.

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    I don't care. There's nothing I've got to hide.
    The moon will illuminate my room and soon I'm consumed by my doom.

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    Re: Advice on Google

    Quote Originally Posted by drpepper View Post
    Hey Guys

    This post might be a little off topic, but I thought people here might appreciate why I'm concerned. Its a well known fact that Google collects personal information about its users. What we don't know, is what exactly they do with it. Who gets to see it? By law, in the UK anyway, we are entitled to see ALL of out own personal information because of the Data Protection Act. Anyhow, I was wandering around the Google page, and came across the Web History section. I don't know if this is new or was implemented a long while ago, but it was unsettling. For those who are unaware, the Google web history section stores every single search you put into Google, and the page you visited from that search. There was a 10month list on my web history. I hate the fact that Google and whoever else THEY allow, not us, can view the data. I was just wondering what people thought of this? And can anyone suggest any other search engines?

    Thanks Guys
    You know you can delete and disable your Web History, right?
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