Too bad the BS writer and Click Bait Editor from the Washington Post do not have the backbone to explain how they got things so wrong. Like good pyro maniacs, they start the fire then run and hide while the damage is done and leave it up to others to clean up their mess.
The most interesting thing about this is each Spotlight search that replaces a Google search has the potential to improve your online privacy.
Apple's explanation seems reasonable. I'm satisfied that this is not being used to profile This is used to provide and probably provide a degree of context for follow up searches. I trust Apple not to abuse this because their business model is not dependent on it.
It's the profiling and tracking between websites that I find the most creepy. I recommend everyone install the Ghostery extension, block everything and navigate to some well-known websites. It's a horror show. No consent obtained and no obvious mechanism to have it explicitly withdrawn.
A feature like this should be opt in, not opt out.
Maybe. But, having read Apple's description of how it handles the data, I think that opt-out is OK. Especially since the disclosure is so clear and up-front.
The trouble is that some (think Google, NSA) logs are retained for a very long time, allowing retroactive lookup of your entire history, with or w.o. warrant.
zoetmb wrote: »
Much ado about nothing but in terms of my own use, I only want Spotlight to return my own files. As it is, I find Spotlight to be too broad. It should really prioritize results so that where the searched term appears in the filename, those results should be sorted first.
If I want to search the web, I'll use the browser. I can't imagine any situation where I'd want to search both at the same time.
I agree. Spotlight has always been a local disk search, so if they are changing it to be an Internet search too, they should ask you. They should display a popup the first time you use it, asking "Do you want Spotlight to search only your local computer or the Internet too?" and then it should remember that setting. They shouldn't just automatically start sending the names of files you are looking for to Microsoft.
Its underhand. Its sneaky. Its an invasion of my privacy. Its none of their business. To turn it off I have to go to TWO places. Safari and System Preferences.
Does, by any chance, this "rapport" originate from a windows freak ?
Why is AI not reporting the alleged attempt by China to harvest users login information and breach iCloud security?
So much for Tim Cook's efforts to cooperate with the Chinese. They don't seem very grateful.
spanading wrote: »
Sorry auto correct combined with fat finger typing made some interesting changes but you get the drift!
You can set the priority yourself, it's customisable. Under Settings>General>Spotlight Search you can re-order the categories however you wish as well as disabling any you don't want. And I'm pretty sure web results are at the bottom by default, so it's only Spotlight Suggestions which outrank local results.