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Is there a privacy risk in Google flu trends?

New York Times, November 18, 2008
Google has set up a new flu tracker initiative in partnership with the CDC that monitors flu outbreaks around the country by tracking users' searches relating to the illness. The data is then sent to the CDC to help ensure that vaccines get to the most-needed areas. The initiative, however, is raising concerns among advocacy groups that Google could be breaching privacy laws by gathering individual users' search data.