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So how's the weather over there in... is it Venice Beach? It's a really nice warm day (in the 90s) here in Hacienda Heights. I live in Hacienda Heights by the way...
 
Other people stick peas up their nose too?  cool.
 
If you go on a web site anymore, especially if its free you really have to assume they are storing every thing you did on there. Its like if a brick and mortar store recorded who and how often they shop in the store. Then target advertisement to their house via the mail... oh yeah they do, and they own that information.
 
I believe it comes down to how the information is used/presented.  I do not expect Wikipedia (or other sites) to state that Richard Durham searched for the following on our site, nor do I expect them to say that IP address XXX searched for the following on our site.  Or if they do then they should warn me prior to presenting results.

However I do expect datamining of search queries to be public.  There is nothing wrong with saying X number of searches were done (probably within a time frame) for topic Y.

I would also expect that said datamining would also allow determining how often certain combinations of search topics occured as well.  i.e. people who search for X are 22% more likely to search for Y than those who do not, etc.

Geographical differences in the answers to the above two would also be normal/expected. for example people in postcode Z are 34% less likely to search for topic Q than the rest of the county as a whole.

Being able to tie search results back to people or narrow locations (probably anything smaller than a postcode) would fall outside of my expectations/comfort zone.  At least unless I was informed that the data could be used in that form.

Use of a social site (Google+, Facebook, etc) usually allows options as to what is an is not shared and with whom it is shared.  Sites such as these cater (to greater or lesser degrees) to privacy concerns even though there could be said to be a implicit understanding that the point of such sites is the dissemination of the information provided.

Just my £0.02 worth.
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