Re: Data Racket
"Google isn't collecting data."
Have you never looked at a cached Web page on Google servers? In addition to caching the pages, the search engines contains the data chopped up into indexable segments that the search engine then uses to return results. Google very definitely collects data on the content it links to.
"Are we saying Goofle is actually publishing the info?"
Yes. It's not terribly different than publishing a directory. Were hard-copy phone directories, which simply listed names and phone numbers, not published? The fact that it's links rather than phone numbers doesn't mean that the information is not published.