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search engine privacy

Public Search Engines Mine Private Facebook Details

by Shanmuga

"Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Cambridge recently published a paper detailing a project in which they developed a software tool to correlate and map Facebook profiles they found via public search engines, such as Google, to build detailed maps of relationships among Facebook members.

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Understanding Search Engine Privacy and How to prevent Snooping Part I

by Shanmuga

Search engines keep records of every search, ever made in a way that can be traced to individuals. They retain users’ search data -anonymized or not- to eternity. They put web cookies on their computers that makes it possible to match search queries to their computer address, their name…if they are logged in…and possibly more […]

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Privacy: Group says Ask.com privacy feature is flawed

by Shanmuga

"A group of privacy advocates is asking Ask.com to make some changes to its new AskEraser feature so that it better protects consumers’ privacy when they conduct Web searches. Ask launched its AskEraser feature last week, touting it as a tool that erases traces of a consumer’s search activity within hours.

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