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Electronic Communications Privacy Laws really need updating...

kach22i said:
What's your take on this article?

Click the link - see February 09, 2006 entry:
http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2006_02.php#004400
kach22i,

Thanks for the very interesting article. :eek:
Well, it is very obvious to see, our current 'electronic communcation privacy laws' desperately need updating, like yesterday. I don't think I'm going to use the Google desk-top seach again anytime soon... :mad:
 

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Robin said:
I don't think I'm going to use the Google desk-top seach again anytime soon... :mad:

the new "Search Across Computers" feature

I just went to Google, I don't see that feature anywhere.........it's not in the advanced search either. I think this is a interface program you may have to download................still reading about it myself.

I'm not a "computer guy", but the article link came to me from one.

From the first link in the article:

http://news.com.com/FAQ+When+Google+is+not+your+friend/2100-1025_3-6034666.html?tag=nl
Q: Does Google collect and record people's search terms whether they're logged in or not?
Yes. Google confirmed this week that it keeps and collates these results, which means the company can be forced to divulge them under court order. Whether Google does anything else with them is another issue.

Given the Department of Justice's recent subpoena to Google, it's likely the police or even lawyers in civil cases--divorce attorneys, employers in severance disputes--eventually will demand that Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, and other search engines cough up users' search histories.
 
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i dont use the desktop search programs anyway - i just make folders and remmeber where my stuff is - otherwise do a regular windows search for the document
if its important enough to be shared over my network - i put it in the shared folder

desktop searches are a waste of ram
 

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I did a search on Google for their own progam. :D

Mesaage at top of my page says: Your cookies seem to be disabled.
Setting preferences will not work until you enable cookies in your browser.


Good - I'm going to keep it that way. :cool:

If you want to redo your settings so the govenment knows you are not a threat, click below. If you do not click they will automaticly know you are a traitor, and the department of Homeland defense will take you to that camp in Cuba which Rumsfeld said is just like any other Caribbean resort - you should be so lucky. ;)

From Google - the "Don't be Evil" company.

http://desktop.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=32889&topic=1420

What is Search Across Computers?

The latest version of Google Desktop provides a Search Across Computers feature. This feature will allow you to search your home computer from your work computer, for example. To enable Google Desktop's Search Across Computers feature, you'll need a Google account. For more information on creating a Google account, please visit:
http://www.google.com/support/accounts/

To enable search across computers for your computer, please follow the instructions below for each computer:

1. From the Google Desktop homepage, click "Desktop Preferences," and click the "Gmail and Search Across Computers" link.
2. Check the box next to the feature "Search documents and web pages I’ve seen on any of my computers from any of my other computers."
3. Under "Google Account," enter your full Google Account username and password and click “OK.”
4. Your unique computer name should appear in the "Name this computer" field. Your search results will display this name on other computers, and you'll be able to search for results using this name.
5. Select the radio button next to what type of files you'd like to make available to other computers, and click "Save Preferences" to apply the settings.

Don't forget to use the same Google account on all computers you'd like to access remotely, and use a unique computer name for each computer.

After you've successfully enabled Search Across Computers, your web history and cached documents will automatically become available on other computers within a few hours.
 

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Ok before we start heaping all of the blame on Google let's just sit back and notice that this may be a feature that some people may find useful. What is needed is more information so that a consumer can make an educated decision.

In all actuality we keep informaton about ourselves spread all across the web. My email is on a Yahoo server somewhere. When I delete that email does Yahoo erase it from that server's hard drives? Honestly I don't know. There is a lot of information about me on this very forum. Could it possibly be used against me? Yeah.

Google collects and keeps ALL of the information it receives because it is legal to do so. And I highly doubt that they are alone. What we need to do is contact our Congressman or Representative and express our concerns about our privacy on the Internet. Email Google too.

At the very least Google should disclose these facts so that consumers understand how their choices will affect them.

Please remember that Google is the ONLY search engine that refused to give in to the government and release information regarding searches that you or I may have done. All the other search engines gave the government what they wanted without a fight. Google is going to court. That has to be commended.
 

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Actually the second EFF article is of interest as well since it involves the erosion of our fair use rights. (My prediction: in 2 years all CDs will no longer be ripable. I think that is going to have a costly and enormous negative affect on music lovers everywhere even if you do not current store your CDs on a hard drive.)

Anyways keeping with this thread. Here is a law we need to get behind that addresses this very issue. It is not perfect but maybe it is a start.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060210-6158.html
 
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Well, I'm not worried about my collection of Midget Porn being discovered, I use Safari's browser.

The lastest version enables you to choose, 'Private browsing' which makes webpages not add to the history, items are automatically removed from the Downloads window, information isn't saved for AutoFill (including names and passwords), and searches are not added to the pop-up menu in the Google search box.
 

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SugarMedia said:
Well, I'm not worried about my collection of Midget Porn being discovered, I use Safari's browser.

The lastest version enables you to choose, 'Private browsing' which makes webpages not add to the history, items are automatically removed from the Downloads window, information isn't saved for AutoFill (including names and passwords), and searches are not added to the pop-up menu in the Google search box.
Is Safari a MAC based browser only? Any comparable PC browsers that have private browsing and are comparable?
 

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I use Firefox and it is a great browser. While it does not have a one click privacy mode, this can easily be set up that way plus it will delete your personal data from its cookies when you exit the program.

The browser is beside the point though. Just remember when you pass information to many websites, that information is retained.
 

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socialxray said:
I use Firefox and it is a great browser. While it does not have a one click privacy mode, this can easily be set up that way plus it will delete your personal data from its cookies when you exit the program.

The browser is beside the point though. Just remember when you pass information to many websites, that information is retained.
Some people suspect that the US govenment's endorsement of the Firefox browser is because Firefox has allowed backdoor access to the Department of Homeland Security. So I guess it comes down to: Do you trust your government?

Why does the government really endorse firefox? Because of handicap accessiblity? My wife has designed fully accessible websites, thrust me, that can not be the reason.

From Firefox:
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
Accessibility
Firefox 1.5 delivers easier navigation for everyone, including those who are visually or motor-impaired. Firefox is the first browser to support DHTML accessibility, which, when enabled by Web authors, allows rich Web applications to be read aloud. Users may navigate with keystrokes rather than mouse clicks, reducing the tabbing required to navigate documents such as spreadsheets. Firefox 1.5 (Windows version) is also the first browser to meet US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.
 

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Do you think that Microsoft doesn't have a back door with George Bush's and Dick Chaney's name on it to ALL of their applications?? Hahahahaha! Puh-leez!!


Oh wait! Microsoft IS the government!!!!
 

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socialxray said:
Do you think that Microsoft doesn't have a back door with George Bush's and Dick Chaney's name on it to ALL of their applications?? Hahahahaha! Puh-leez!!


Oh wait! Microsoft IS the government!!!!
Let's not mention any names.......they may be listening.;)
 

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SugarMedia said:
Well, I'm not worried about my collection of Midget Porn being discovered, I use Safari's browser.

The lastest version enables you to choose, 'Private browsing' which makes webpages not add to the history, items are automatically removed from the Downloads window, information isn't saved for AutoFill (including names and passwords), and searches are not added to the pop-up menu in the Google search box.
i wondered where to find that stuff !!!!
 

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Information Control...

SugarMedia said:
Here's sth for the super paranoid. You know who you are...and we know where you live. Mu-ha-ha-haaa

http://proxify.com/ :D
SugarMedia,

I am always concerned about privacy and the loss of my personal identity, as I'm sure we all are. Having said that, and "Midget Porn" aside, there is still a need to hop on board the communication super highway to keep-up on all that is going on in the world.
The Internet has become necessary to modern communication and information, which is astounding to me.

So, when I say the only one that "Really Knows Me", is Microsoft's Bill Gates, you'll know what I mean... ;)
 

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Microsoft does not capture data. The only time they gather any type of data is when it verifies the presence of their software and to what level. This data is not kept in vaults as someone would presume. They are too large and do not need your data. Microsoft has many other issues to deal with than to gather a single user's data.

There are many other ways to get your data and as a network admin I can gather more than you would be aware of at any time.

Jeff :eek:
 
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