Google in trouble - again


Google has hit the headlines again, this time for a whizzy new search feature that allows users to `search' their own desktop using the Google search interface.

The bad news, say the experts, is that the service stores details and copies of users' files on the Google servers.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the new "Search Across Computers" feature will store copies of the user's MS-Word documents, PDFs, spreadsheets and other text-based documents on Google's own servers.

Not unexpectedly, the EFF is urging consumers not to use this feature, because it will make their personal data more vulnerable to subpoenas from the government and possibly private litigants, while providing a convenient one-stop-shop for hackers who have obtained a user's Google password.

Normally I take a lot of what the EFF says with a pinch of salt, but this time around I think they're spot on. It's one thing to store file names and allied data on Google's servers, but to store copies of the files as well? Madness...