Quote The Elf:Quote Exalted Wombat:
The point with Google, and with most privacy issues is not to put yourself in a position where you HAVE to "trust" them. If you ask for directions, the person you ask will remember where you were going. A good shop assistant remembers your preferences. If that information has commercial value, good luck to them!
I agree. Good luck to them. It won't be *my* information though.
Maybe a pity! If all YOUR search patterns are unavailable, only those of less knowledgable people will be taken into account.
There's an argument to see it as much as "contributing" as "being spied on". Taken to the extreme, consider medical records. My doctor tells me that statistical analysis has proved a BIG life-saver in recent years, but is constantly thwarted by misguided "privacy" concerns. (And, in this country at any rate, the inability of our government to make any large-scale computer project work.)