On Jan 13, 2009, at 14:07 , Umbrae wrote:
> Does information like:
> * What applications I have on my computer
> * Document names
> * iChat buddies
> * Other personal information
> get sent to google? I assume not for most of this, but I'd want a very
> clear explanation of what gets sent to google before I'd seriously use
> this app (even though it does look great!)
First off, we do not send any personal data across the wire. None of
the information you have listed above is sent.
Secondly, information is sent to us ONLY if you choose to enable usage
statistics. You can use QSB without enabling usage statistics. The
first thing we do at startup is display a dialog asking you to choose
to enable or disable usage statistics, and you can turn them off at
any time in the preferences. Our terms of service and usage statistics
Geeky details below:
When we send statistics we send them as an HTTP PUSH that you should
be easily able to monitor (if you should choose to do so) using
utilities such as "Little Snitch". They flow out in plain text, and it
should be pretty obvious what we are looking at. Here's a list of
stuff that we are currently tracking:
How QSB is activated (via menu, dock, or hotkey)
What QSB menu items users like to use
How often do users "choose show all"
How often is qsb launched
Where do people launch QSB from
What types users do actions on
What the item index of the item is
Are users doing actions on the more items page
What actions are users using
How many times to users do queries without selecting an action
What type users are pivoting on
What the index of the item is
Are users pivoting on itesm on the more page
Are users doing quoted searches
Are users doing multiword searches
What is the length of the search terms
Hopefully you can see how we would use the data collected to attempt
to improve QSB. A lot of the stats we are collecting are for
attempting to improve relevancy and to determine how people search.
The UI stuff gives us an idea how people use our UI and what use cases
we should attempt to streamline.
Other network traffic we may generate (aside from the traffic required
to generate search results) could be from autoupdating and crash
We use the opensource update engine (http://code.google.com/p/update-engine/
) and breakpad (http://code.google.com/p/google-breakpad/) to do
updating and crash reporting respectively.
Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the above.