lol!-- yeah that was my first impression too.. :-D
I never heard of the two before til the other day- when I read somone elses post about them on another forum (forgot where)
I wasnt too thrilled when I typed my full name and city in Google.com and it pulled up a little too much info about me that I wanted people to know. Google did have an option on a tiny link at the bottom of that page where I could select privacy of this information for the future.
I took advantage of that and 'unsubscribed" my personal info-- but what really irks me is that not many people are aware all this info about them and exactly where they live (even maps to their home) can be pulled right from a search engine! Even that they have an option to keep that info private. Heck, alot of folks dont even own computers -- never have and never will- yet Google's search engine can pull thier personal info up as well-- and they cant take advantage of the existing (so far) Privacy Act to "unsubscribe" this info. Google does have tracking cookies-- and Im sure since they are this "Walmart" style search engine that rubs elbows with all the big Internet companies- that the Patriot Act is really being used alot between our government, Microsoft & AOL, and well known search engines like Google or Yahoo.
Time will tell how much involvement there is with some of these big search engines, Internet Explorer , these companies and Big Brother.
Time for me to un-install my Google toolbar! :-P
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