Saturday, September 16, 2006

Who Is Watching Your Internet Searches? (ABC News)

Question: Can people really tell what I search for over the Internet?

Answer: You may be searching from the privacy of your home, but when it comes to just about anything online, there's no guarantee of privacy.

Your Internet service provider may know about the controversial group you just researched. Your search engine may know about the divorce you're contemplating. And if you're surfing from work, your boss may know about the disease you just looked up.

Some advice from Lauren Weinstein, a veteran computer scientist and privacy advocate: "Assume that everything you put into those search engines is being saved and might be handed out to somebody, someday, perhaps linked to your identity."