Google Searches Getting Personal
Integration of Google+ content sparks backlash
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2012 4:58 AM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2012 7:00 AM CST
As an example, Google showed personalized results from a searcher who named his dog after the chikoo tree.   (Google)

(Newser) – Google's latest search revamp is a blow to both privacy and competition, critics complain. The search giant is integrating search results with content from its Google+ social network, meaning searchers will soon see results from content they have shared with friends as well as from the wider Internet, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Your world was missing from search until now," a Google exec says. "We are bringing your world into search."

Google has offered personalized results to some degree for years, but many see linking search results to its social network as a step too far. "I don’t like it for its effect on competition, and I don’t like it for what it does to people’s privacy,” a professor specializing in Internet law tells the New York Times. “It breaks down a very clear conceptual divide between things that are private and things that are public online."

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Jan 11, 2012 1:03 PM CST
Your bond or "birth certificate" was sold at your birth, you citizen slaves. You have no say, just shut up and pay the federal debt.
Jan 11, 2012 9:33 AM CST
that's what "circles" are for. if you don't want shit public, don't make it public. problem solved.
Jan 11, 2012 7:59 AM CST
If you are still allowing google to spy on you you are too stupid to live. Scroogle scraper has been around for years.