Re: Google Offer Encrypted Search
Google has begun rolling out an encrypted version of its search engine in an effort to protect Internet users from having their searches sniffed by others on their network.
Or you could just use Scroogle. What difference does it make if our Google search results for XYZ can't be sniffed if as soon as we click on a returned link from the search results that relates to XYZ it's (most likely) going to be loaded to out computer without encryption? If someone's sniffing our packets they're going to find out anyway once we click on the unencrypted link. And even if every website used SSL, the packet sniffers might not know what we're doing on XYZ website but they'll know that we're on XYZ website.
Google makes it clear that it will still collect search data when you use the secure search engine so that it can improve search quality. Users can tell they're on the encrypted version of Google by looking for the lock icon in the Google logo, as well as in their Web browsers.
As far as Scroogle's testability goes. We have no way of knowing that Scroogle isn't secretly collecting our data as well. Or even that Scroogle isn't a secret project setup by Google to monitor what people who are paranoid about their web privacy are searching for. But, Google tells us outright that they're collecting all of our data while at least Scroogle claims not to be.
It's like if I was trapped on a desert island and two boats pulled up and offered to rescue me. A person got off the first boat and says "I'll take you back to civilization, but first I'm going to rape you" and a person got off the second boat and says "I'll take you back to civilization and won't rape you". I have no way of knowing whether person #2 is telling the truth. But if I'm going to be taking my chances either way, I'll at least go with what seems to be the safer bet.
The only thing I know for certain is that I know nothing at all, for certain.