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Google to Spy on Users Conducting Flu Searches, Report Details to U.S. Government

By Mike Adams, November 12, 2008 | Key concepts: Google, Flu season and CDC

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Google has hatched a new plan to spy on its users and report search details to the U.S. government: It will now monitor searches for flu-related keywords in an effort to determine whether a pandemic outbreak is occurring in a specific geographic region. This data will be reported in real time to the U.S. government, where offices like the CDC can take action to halt the outbreak. It sounds nice until you recognize what's really happening here: Google is snopping on the search entries of private users and reporting it to the federal government! This could lead to lots of disturbing spy operations on the citizens. What's next? If you search for "vaccine side effects," will you be visited by health authorities who will have you arrested for resisting mandatory vaccines? The Google / Big Government relationship is just a little too cozy for comfort.

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From Nytimes.com: What if Google knew before anyone else that a fast-spreading flu outbreak was putting you at heightened risk of getting sick? And what if it could alert you, your doctor and your local public health officials before the muscle aches and chills kicked in? That, in essence, is the promise of Google Flu Trends, a new Web tool that Google.org, the company’s philanthropic unit, unveiled on Tuesday, just as flu season was getting under way in the United States.... more

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