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Google Desktop Tracked: The Aftermath

Don't be evil.
 - Google
Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
 - Unknown

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Catch your breath yet? It gets worse. Surely you're familiar with software that nags you about updates? Google don't bother with that.

'4. AUTOMATIC UPDATES
The Software may communicate with Google servers and/or Third Party servers from time to time to check for available updates to the Software, such as bug fixes, patches, enhanced functions, missing plug-ins and new versions (collectively, "Updates"). By installing the Software, you agree to automatically request and receive Updates.'

Note the word 'automatically': you won't know what happens and you won't know when it happens. And remember: you agreed that you'd agree to their policies which you now accept may change at any time.

Feeling screwed yet? Need to push things a bit further?

'15. GOOGLE SERVICES AND THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Some of the Google Software is designed to be used in conjunction with Google's search and other services. Accordingly, your use of such Google Software is also defined by Google's Terms of Service located at http://www.google.com/terms_of_service.html and Google's Privacy Policy located at http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html. In addition, the Third Party Software may also be governed by applicable licenses, terms of service and privacy policies of the respective Third Parties ("Third Party Licenses and Policies"). Solely with respect to Third Party Software, in the event of a conflict between these Terms and Conditions and any Third Party Licenses and Policies the Third Party Licenses and Policies shall control.'

You reaffirm your acceptance that Google may willy-nilly and at their sole discretion turn your private data over to whomever they please. And remember: they're scouring your entire computer.

People used to be paranoid about law enforcement and other 'authorities' looking at their hard drives - and now you're just giving it all away?

'17. ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS
To the extent that a provision in this section is in conflict with any other term or condition in these Terms and Conditions, the provision in this section shall supercede such other term(s) and condition(s) with respect to the specific Software identified, but only to the extent necessary to resolve the conflict.'

Got some other agreement you think will protect you? You just gave it away. You clicked on that button and gave all your rights - and reservations - away.

⇐ You Gave It All Away | Look What They Did to Your Computer ⇒

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