Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and is developing a payments service. Although many Internet users eagerly await each new technology from Google Inc., its rapid expansion is also prompting concerns that the company may know too much: what you read, where you surf and travel, whom you write. Some privacy advocates worry about the potential: The data's very existence -- conveniently all under a single digital roof -- makes Google a prime target for abuse by overzealous law enforcers and criminals alike.
As Google grows, how much does it know about you?, Associated Press, July 16, 2005.