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Submission + - Privacy, Search Engines, and Government Monitoring

Greg Lindahl writes: The current kerfluffle about US Government logging information about US citizens not accused of any crime has mainly focused on communications and communications metadata, but that's not the only sort of records retention that might be bothersome. The record of web searches you've made and results you've clicked on could be even more revealing than your phone calls and texts:

Even if you are not a criminal, you probably make searches that you don’t want your minister, boss, or spouse to know about. You don’t expect your doctor to keep a record of every question you ask at a checkup, but your search engine probably remembers every medical search you’ve ever made. And even if you’ve been careful to log out and clear your cookies, those searches are probably associated with your real name.

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