Google Desktop tracks your browsing habits, and every time you visit a new website, it sends the details to trackers.
I recently installed a trial version of this software, just to track the incoming and outgoing connections, as a precaution against spyware.
If you choose to enable Advanced Features, Google Desktop may send information about the websites that you visit to provide enhanced Google Desktop functions, such as personalizing news displayed in Sidebar. Enabling Advanced Features also allows Google Desktop to collect a limited amount of non-personal information from your computer and send it to Google. This includes summary information, such as the number of searches you do and the time it takes for you to see your results, and application reports we’ll use to make the program better.
The information is being sent in spite of the fact that I’ve not enabled the Advanced Features. One of the sites, to whom information was being sent, is
www.theplanet.org theplanet.com, which is not being used to “provide enhanced Google Desktop functions”. Whenever I visit a new website, Google Desktop pings a tracker. This is not too dissimilar to other trackers like Gator, only more discreet.
This discovery (I’m sure I’m not the first to discover this) is quite co-incidental in light of this discussion a few days ago on Codey’s blog.
That said, Google Desktop is one of the most useful softwares that I’ve ever come across; it saves me a lot of time while searching for info on my pc. I’ll keep it, but I don’t like this either. I’m not going to trust Google only because it’s Google.