Google will give your info to the US government

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  1. FluffyMcDeath Well-Known Member

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    Google keeps information forever but in the past the resisted handing over info. I guess that is over.
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    Additionally, there is no guarantee where your data is in the Google Cloud. One city in California stopped their switch to Google docs when they found out their data resided in Communist China.
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    I really don't like where all of this is going... I am glad I am not alone.
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    I've always had issues with the cloud. Not so much that I won't use it, but I make sure to use it for non-sensitive things like family photos or whatever. Anything real sensitive stays on my own hard drives. I resist the trend to replace hard drives with the cloud.
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    same with me. No sensitive data leaves my HD/data DVD's/removable drives

    I've shared some files with my brother using dropbox, but nothing that can't be public. In fact, many of the files from my brother are audio files for his web site which Are public.

    but I just don't buy the whole 'use the cloud' for your entire flippin' life notion. I don't trust The Cloud
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    Kinda makes you wonder where the vender who is going to be processing and storing all that Obamacare data is going to have their servers located. Typically it's the lowest bidder wins such huge bids which was GE, if I 'm not mistaken. Wonder where GE got cheap Data Centers at to maintain 300+ million US citizen's medical records at plus backup farms?
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    Partner from Google. [IMG]
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    On the flip side, google does provide fully encrypted searches. Firefox users can use the EFF made plugin called HTTPS Everywhere which ensures that all your google searches go through the encrypted mechanism. As a bonus, it will also use encrypted connections for other popular sites that support it (wikipedia, facebook, etc). Surf safe!
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    I don't see how that helps. That only protects the connection but google servers still decrypt your searches to perform them and google still saves the search that was done along with various information that identifies the searcher so they can give you back results tailored to your tastes in the future. THAT is the information that the US government agencies can request.
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    Sorry, wasn't trying to imply that this would somehow protect you from THAT. Still, encrypting raw requests is still a step in the right direction, Google or Bing can't change the laws. I just thought I'd share the link to the HTTPS Everywhere tool as I just installed it today. Seems to work fine but the Google interface is slightly different.

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