If you're using one of the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, AOL), it's time to switch:
Google subpoena roils the Web;
US effort raises privacy issues
By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff | January 21, 2006
"The US government's demand for millions of Internet search records from Google Inc. and other prominent search firms has raised new questions about the vast amounts of personal information collected by companies.
"'There's something disturbing about the notion that when you search for something the government is going to be looking over your shoulder,' said Kurt Opsahl, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group.
"Opsahl suggested that Internet users concerned about privacy should do their Internet searches through Scroogle or other Internet 'proxies' that hide the address of the searcher."