Just few days ago I was commenting on new google features and now we have another one: Desktop.google.com. It allows to index and search every file stored in your filesystem, every site in your Internet Explorer cache, every email in your Outlook, every chat/instant message in your AOL. (It is only for Window$ so I have no way to try it.)
This reminded me of a post of Alf Eaton:Things Google knows about you. The list (now increased) is pretty scary.
o Everything you search for using Google
o Every web page you visit that has Google Adsense ads on it
o Which country you’re in
o Every Blogger page you visit, and the referring page
* If you have an Adsense account
o Your full name, address and bank account details
o The IP address of everyone who visits your pages with Adsense ads on them
o The number of visitors to each of your pages with Adsense ads on them
* If you use a GMail account
o Who you send emails to
o Who sends emails to you
o The contents of those emails
o The contents of all emails received from any mailing lists of which you are a member, even if they are private mailing lists.
* Even if you don’t use a GMail account
o The contents of any emails you send to anyone who does use a GMail account
o The contents of any emails you send to any mailing lists of which any one member uses a GMail account
* If you’re a member of Orkut
o Your online social network, interests and groups
and I added in the comment to that post was:
Everything you would like to buy through http://froogle.com
Everything you post through http://Blogger.com (even your private/unpublished/draft posts)
The photos you store through http://Picasa.com
Which news groups you read through http://groups-beta.google.com/
which keywords you care about (if you set up an alert at http://www.google.com/webalerts)
Something else google does know is:
– news (and people involved) through http://news.google.com,
– images (and people depicted?) through http://images.google.com
– what remote services are most used, through the API (http://www.google.com/apis/)
– probably something out of the toolbar and deskbar (such as the version used?)
– in which directory you tried to classify your site through http://directory.google.com/
– how many books you have written (and how many times you appeared in a book) through http://print.google.com/print/faq.html
The complete amd scary list can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google
Can we say that google knows about you more that yourself?
From the toolbar, yes, I forgot that … if the PageRank utility’s switched on: every web site you visit.
Read the comments at that post.
Many were saying Google is good (while Micro$oft is evil) and so they trust Google. This different perception is something worth thinking about.
Anyway, now we can add:
– every file in your filesystem,
– every file in your Internet Explorer cache,
– every email in your Outlook, every chat/instant message in your AOL
(if you use desktop.google.com)