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NY Times Article Tries to Associate Google with Loss of Privacy

A truly bizarre article was published in today's New York Times called Net Users Try to Elude Google Grasp. The reporter who wrote it found several people who consider themselves victims of some loss of privacy because Google indexed and archived material that they had published on their own web sites. The author also found a person who was concerned that petitions that he had signed in college had shown up on the Internet with his name attached. Another person was concerned about the fact that he was mistaken for someone with the same name.

Most people we know are glad to see that the information they post on the Internet shows up through search engines. A lot of people have found jobs by posting their resumes to a web site and getting lucky because their future employer searched for a part of their skill set.

This article won't change how the Internet works, but it helps explain some of the weird expectations people have of how it should work.

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