In principle, I agree with you. Matching of personal interests
(formulated -for example- in queries to search engines) with -for
example- insurance data would be an issue for interested parties.
But, it is not the type of business we are interested in. Some day, we
might charge commercial users for online information management. Some
other day we might add value-adding services like delivery of fulltext
articles etc.). May be, will try to sell context-related books through
Amazon Apis (This feature was already actice and it could be set agin in
the near future). Basic Searching and Storing of search results and
bookmarks (personal Web Collections) will remain forever a free feature
for private persons.
We are not logging IPs and we are not creating hidden personal user
profiles. Contrarily, MESHine lets users query Google and the other
search engines privately. The only IP that is transmitted to search
engine providers is the one of MESHine itself.
1. It is not necessary at all to register to use MESHine only for searching
2. To be able to store and/or re-publish searches and/or results, it is
necessary to register with valid email adress only. No additional
personal data is required.
3. Thus, personal privacy is kept. Users can decide deliberately what
(if any) personal information will be disclosed to what public or
private users or user groups.
To this point in time (and I say: unfortunately) it seems to me that
this (big-brother-thing) is not an issue at all, since MESHine is used
by / known to only very few people....(yes, I know: too much colors,
buggy/ugly styles and CSS, too slow, low quantity and quality of
user-generated content much, too small audience, etcetcetc..)
Alex Hoelzel, http://www.meshine.info
CEO EUTROPA AG
Oelmüllerstrasse 9, D-82166 Gräfelfing,
Tel 089 87130900, Fax 089 87130902