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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
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Then you have to switch off the complimentary setting in Safari Preferences under the Search tab. This setting is called Include Spotlight Suggestions.
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Once that's done your keywords will not be spied upon.

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