Some ideas are very specific and i am wondering if just the search itself for an idea (i.e. internet search engine or Google Patent Search) would potentially disclose to others the idea? Would searching the internet for "x that does y" would potentially be flagged or tracked by someone(?) or some entity?
For example searching for "ink that disappears." Could that search be picked up or trended by any software through keyword monitoring or other technology?
I may not be asking the question correctly but my concern is about disclosing an idea while attempting to research how novel it is (prior to applying for patent).