Google appears poised to commence a program of tracking all users across all their services. The company will not allow you to opt-out. For example, they will pair info gained through their email service with search logs, ostensibly to target ads better. Of course such info is individually identifiable and stored for at least 9 months should the powers that be wish to seek it via subpoena. The changes will take effect on March 1, 2012. Google says the update to their privacy terms is “not the usual yada yada “, and that’s certainly true.
For hackers, reverse engineers and free thinkers everywhere, this is just one more thing to keep in mind when selecting and using a search engine in your research.