Spock to open up new privacy debate?

Last night in the hallway I heard about Spock, a new personal search service that will get turned on next week at the Web 2.0 Expo. I heard that TechCrunch will have a preview of the service soon, maybe even later today.

But, the person telling me this was alarmed at how much easier it was to troll through someone’s personal history than it is on Google or other search engines.

I can’t wait to see it, but imagine it will be the talk of the town. Spock isn’t alone, either. Dave Sifry, CEO of Technorati, told me last night that he knows of a handful of companies that are going after the personal search space.

I’ll report more on some of the things it lets you find after I see it.

UPDATE: Emre over on ReadWriteWeb has a very interesting discussion of privacy on the Web

10 thoughts on “Spock to open up new privacy debate?

  1. Chandu, when are you guys launching. I would love to be part of alphs to check out. I still dont understand what privacy issues your community site faces. Its about connecting neighbor to local businesses. right?

  2. Chandu, when are you guys launching. I would love to be part of alphs to check out. I still dont understand what privacy issues your community site faces. Its about connecting neighbor to local businesses. right?

  3. Hi Robert, this subject is very near and dear to our heart at http://www.fatdoor.com. In fact we have a lot of thinking happening on that front and we have industry leaders working with us to make sure we build a community that has right privacy policies.

    But my biggest concern is not so much about the search engines that aggregate and surface the data but the social networks that create the data in first place.

    A well thought-out privacy strategy is essential for any social networking company.

  4. Hi Robert, this subject is very near and dear to our heart at http://www.fatdoor.com. In fact we have a lot of thinking happening on that front and we have industry leaders working with us to make sure we build a community that has right privacy policies.

    But my biggest concern is not so much about the search engines that aggregate and surface the data but the social networks that create the data in first place.

    A well thought-out privacy strategy is essential for any social networking company.

  5. hi robert… happy to hook you up with folks at Spock to get a deeper dive and check it out before the service launches.

    note: there is an early Spock preview on TechCrunch here. more will be revealed next week when the company does their LaunchPad debut at Web 2.0 Expo on Monday.

    just to be clear: the information on Spock is initially gathered from publicly accessible info about people already available on the web, in the same way that Google & Yahoo collect info on web pages publicly available on the web.

    however, people data found on Spock will be much more clearly & accurately presented than what is currently found on Google or Yahoo or other generic search engines today.

    more to come soon…

  6. hi robert… happy to hook you up with folks at Spock to get a deeper dive and check it out before the service launches.

    note: there is an early Spock preview on TechCrunch here. more will be revealed next week when the company does their LaunchPad debut at Web 2.0 Expo on Monday.

    just to be clear: the information on Spock is initially gathered from publicly accessible info about people already available on the web, in the same way that Google & Yahoo collect info on web pages publicly available on the web.

    however, people data found on Spock will be much more clearly & accurately presented than what is currently found on Google or Yahoo or other generic search engines today.

    more to come soon…

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