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Microsoft Invading Google Privacy?

Here's a weird one: Google this week complained that Bing is copying Google search results and presenting them as Bing's own. The results involve misspelled words like Boug Darney.

Microsoft quickly copped to the plea, admitting it "harvests" both clickstream data and search results. In fact, Redmond has apparently been doing this for years. Users of IE have long been asked to opt into the sharing of their clickstream data -- much of which obviously involves Google.

My take is this: It may not be totally cool for Bing to mimic Google so closely, but for Google to complain about anyone invading its privacy is more than a bit sketchy.

Who's right and who's wrong? Vote at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/02/2011 at 1:18 PM


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