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Click Online's regular feedback slot allows you to have your say on issues mentioned in the programme and other technology matters.

This week we start with reaction to our mini-series on search, maps and communications.

Liz in Germany e-mailed us to say:

"Everyone seems to be offering desktop search facilities nowadays. The idea of being able to find long-lost documents on your hard drive, as well as relevant items on the web, seems like a good one. But can I trust a program that goes rooting around in my computer, and is also connected to the net?"

Tony Pilgrim contacted us to ask:

"I recently downloaded Google's Desktop Search. It is very useful for searching for files locally but, when I search the internet, it also searches my computer. Is Google able to extract information from my PC? In other words, does Desktop Search compromise the security of my computer?"

It is a fair question and one we put to Google. They assured us that they do not use any personal information that Desktop Search may find on your computer, but they do reserve the right to use the information about your search criteria.

This is what Google said:

"Google will never rent, sell or share user information associated with Desktop with third parties, except in very limited circumstances such as when required by law. Google Desktop may report back information about the websites you visit in order to enable certain personalised features. This can be disabled by the user."

Of course, we would be interested to hear your thoughts on the more touchy-feely search features now available. Are they a help, or do you feel that your privacy could be violated?


While we are on the subject of Google, Chris Pruski e-mailed to say:

"It was interesting to see your report on Google Earth and Google Moon. The most amusing part of Google Moon is what happens when you zoom in. I showed this to pupils I teach at our school in Swansea and they, like me, broke into spontaneous laughter. There may be viewers to the programme who also missed this."

Go on, give it a try if you haven't already!


James Weppenaar has sent in this query:

"I would like to know what internet speed would be considered broadband."

A seemingly simple question, James, and one we have put to many a telecoms expert in the past.

It seems that there is no real agreed speed at which a connection can be called broadband. The comms companies define it more by the fact that a connection is "always on" and not "dial-up".

That means that some companies can advertise their service as broadband when it is only 128kbps, which is only about 2.5 times faster than dial-up!


Do keep your views coming in, by visiting our "Contact us" page, via the link on the top right-hand side of this page.


Click Online is broadcast on BBC News 24: Saturday at 2030, Sunday at 0430 and 1630, and on Monday at 0030. A short version is also shown on BBC Two: Saturday at 0645 and BBC One: Sunday at 0745. Also BBC World.




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