Google has always deserved a little healthy suspicion. Now it may be getting unhealthy.
The company that will never, never share your search information, unless, well, things change, is launching something called Flu Trends.
It is based on the exciting notion that when people come down with the flu, they rush headlong to their laptops and search "flu," "flu symptoms," "thermometer," or "can you pick up germs through kissing people you don't know?"
So the idea that the Google engineers have come up with is to track these aggregate searches so that the government can warn certain regions when the flu is coming their way.… Read more