Been doing research on Google and how it collects data and among other information we found was this blog, couple of good articles, http://mountainrunner.us/ict/ – read this blog post http://mountainrunner.us/2006/02/google.html
Google knows* what we search for and click over to, what we have on our desktop, what we click on, where we surf, what travels we book, whats news we read, what emails we send or read, what places we like to look at and now they could know our DNA. I really, really hope they do store my data in a secure environment, Google could potentially be a ticking privacy bomb.
“Google has the right to control the quality of the inputs, but at what point might Google become a public good? Or too big? Can it become too big? Might it become a new Common, in the traditional almost quaint notion? Charles Clover, writing in Internationale Politik, reminded me of Grotius’s Mare Liberum that established the ocean as a common and of John Selden’s refinement, Mare Clausum, establishing sovereignty over sea closest to its territory. ”
* Google products
Google Dekstop Search
Google News Alerts
Google WebMaster Tools
More tools here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google_products