Chris Sherman has a very balanced write-up of Google’s enhanced destop search and its privacy implications.
My personal view is that Google has become highly sensitized to its perceived position in the market and the privacy issues swirling around the company. I’ve had several conversations about this with Google folks.
Anyway, privacy is a serious issue — especially in view of the U.S. government’s domestic spying and illegal wiretapping. But critics should take a thoughtful, careful view and not simply react in a knee-jerk fashion.