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Turns out that every time you use the new Spotlight search in OS X Yosemite, the keywords are sent real-time to Apple and even shared with Microsoft. This is an intrusion on privacy, but luckily it can be stopped quite easily. There are a number of settings that need to be switched off to do this.
First thing to do is switch off the following settings in the Spotlight Preferences
under Search Results
- Spotlight Suggestions
- Bookmarks and History
- Bing Web Searches
Then you have to switch off the complimentary setting in Safari Preferences under the Search
tab. This setting is called Include Spotlight Suggestions
Once that's done your keywords will not be spied upon.
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