Does google give the info to website owners / administrators... is I guess how it would work?
closed as off-topic by schroeder♦, Xander, Mark, Rory Alsop♦ Dec 15 '14 at 8:23
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Unsure what this has to do with security, but I will answer anyway. Website owners can see where someone came from via the http referrer tag. For example, this user came to one of my websites while looking for the search:
intext:"password" intext:"email" inurl:"logs.txt"
This is what I see in my logs:
188.8.131.52 - - [13/Dec/2014:10:42:49 -0600] "GET /mysite/somepage.txt HTTP/1.1" 200 1337 "http://www.google.com/search?q=intext%3a%22password%22+intext%3a%22email%22+inurl%3a%22logs.txt%22&hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&tbm=
Each search provider is different (or can be). This article discusses Google, though I wonder what Bing, Yahoo, and Duck Duck Go provide.
In the old days, Google used to send the actual search text to the vendor, but their SSL search now means this privacy hole has gone dark.
I skimmed this article, and you may find it interesting: http://marketingland.com/dark-google-search-terms-not-provided-one-year-later-24341
On the other hand, even for "dark searches", those keywords might appear in the Google Webmaster portal