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Google Could Begin Searching Your Desktop’s Local Files



/ 1 year ago

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Google has recently filed a patent listing with the USPTO entitled, “Computer Application Data in Search Results” which catalogues search results across the internet, cloud and local storage. This means Google will be able to search through your data and act as a unified search engine. The patent is engineered to replace Windows’ built-in search tool and offer a wide range of results. However, privacy advocates and many consumers will feel quite uneasy if this policy ever comes to fruition.

Google Desktop

While users are accepting of Google’s data policy for online searches, I’m not convinced they will allow access to local files so easily. Evidently, people are opting for cloud-storage more and operating systems are eventually going to be a service. Despite this, Google’s reputation around privacy and how it handles sensitive data is quite poor and you have to wonder how an individual’s data will be processed. It’s important to reiterate that, patents are design ideas and not a guarantee that something will be implemented in the future.

Nevertheless, it seems companies are trying to increase user convenience at the expense of privacy. Do you feel comfortable having bank documents, childhood photos and other information as part of a global search and assessable by Google?

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  • Bryson Leach

    If this does end up happening, I’m dropping everything Google, which won’t be too hard. Bad move by them

    • michael blochberger

      You realise that using it would be your choice, right? They won’t just be able to force Microsoft to install this.

    • michael blochberger

      You realise that using it would be your choice, right? They won’t just be able to force Microsoft to install this.

      • random1uploada .

        If its in the EULA of a program, say Chrome for instance… Then it’s likely it’d be missed because hey, who reads those? Not many at all, I don’t and I know I should, but I still don’t because I can’t be asked and its far too time consuming…

        • michael blochberger

          This article is talking about Google working on a replacement for the search function built into Windows. You know, the one you use to search your hard drives for a particular file? It has nothing to do with Chrome. Which is why I said that installing it would be a choice. But apparently none of you can read.

      • Bryson Leach

        When did I ever say it wasn’t my choice? Of course it’s my choice, that’s why I would be dropping Google. It wouldn’t be hard, because there are many more browsers and search options out there. Be careful about putting words in peoples’ mouths.

  • Bryson Leach

    If this does end up happening, I’m dropping everything Google, which won’t be too hard. Bad move by them

  • Wesley Avrett

    Then buy or build a pc as a decoy. Load it with nothing but pictures of penises. Then, hide yourself via deep web browser, and leave the dick computer online. Not only will this bring about bullshit results for Google, but the NSA will also get a peek.

  • Wesley Avrett

    Then buy or build a pc as a decoy. Load it with nothing but pictures of penises. Then, hide yourself via deep web browser, and leave the dick computer online. Not only will this bring about bullshit results for Google, but the NSA will also get a peek.