Robert Ambrogi makes a few good points about the newest edition of Google Desktop Search (GDS) and the protection of client privacy. Specifically, if you enable the ‘Search Across Multiple Computers’ function, Google will upload copies of your documents to Google’s servers.
Canadian law firms, already on the lookout for protecting client data in the Patriot Act era, will have to be extra careful that this function is turned off.
I feel sorry for the systems people out there. This would seem to be yet another download that will have to be policed via firewall blocking and registry configurations.
Update: Chris Sherman over at SEW has a related article: Google Desktop Fears Overblown?. Quoted… “There’s no need to boycott Google Desktop 3. Think carefully before enabling the program’s advanced features, but take disingenuous claims like “Google copies your hard drive” with a substantial block of salt.” :-)