recently in the press there's been much discussion about online privacy. i wanted to get some reader feelings concerning this topic. for reference, a lot of this discussion has grown out the US government's recent efforts to get samples of query logs from the big internet search engines. See an article here.
how do you feel about the fact that whenever you do a query online, at most sites (google, yahoo, msn, and smaller services) , that query is retained, along with your ip address and other information like your cookie?
does this bother you?
do you actively clear your cookies and change your ip address from time to time?
are you worried about how that data is being used, or might be used in the future? if you are worried, and you more worried about how companies might use the data, or the fact that governments might be able to get access to much of the data?
if you aren't worried, why not?
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