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Google's invasion of privacy: what now?

What kind of search engines, programs etc should we start using now to protect our own privacy?

Starting March 1, all your information is collected, I guess including emails, searches so basically anything you do on the internet gets tracked by Google.
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The way i see it, you have 5 weeks to download all the porn, and then go off the grid.
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Anyone have a view on how this will affect the effectiveness of the Ghostery addon for firefox?
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I don't care as I have nothing to hide.
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I don't even know why people are complaining about it.

Google is giving you a free service (via gmail, youtube, google.com). In return of their free service, they want some information about you that could better target their ads.

Does everybody that complains about this think everything google does should be free ?

:facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:
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sexyj wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 4:12 am
I don't even know why people are complaining about it.

Google is giving you a free service (via gmail, youtube, google.com). In return of their free service, they want some information about you that could better target their ads.

Does everybody that complains about this think everything google does should be free ?

:facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

But the OP said that they're going to track everything you search for and what not, Who's right here!?
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Jimboski wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 4:18 am
But the OP said that they're going to track everything you search for and what not, Who's right here!?

Google. Stop using it, and their services if you don't want your stuff tracked. There's other search engines, so if you feel more comfortable in the warm embrace of Bing, then the world is yours, playa.
sandikosh wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 3:59 am
I don't care as I have nothing to hide.

Also this.
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Jimboski wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 4:18 am
But the OP said that they're going to track everything you search for and what not, Who's right here!?

Don't they already do that now?
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sandikosh wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 3:59 am
I don't care as I have nothing to hide.
sexyj wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 4:12 am
I don't even know why people are complaining about it.

Google is giving you a free service (via gmail, youtube, google.com). In return of their free service, they want some information about you that could better target their ads.

Does everybody that complains about this think everything google does should be free ?

:facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

Agreed.

If Google is "invading your privacy", then pay for search engine services for a guarantee of non-tracking.

In other news, I'm starting a tin foil hat manufacturing business..
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Xeros wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 9:34 am
Don't they already do that now?
They're going to start combining all of your separate profiles into one.

Previously they would keep the profile they built up from gmail separate from the profile they kept for searches, separate from your calendar profile, etc...

Now it's going to be one giant profile. If this bothers you a lot, then I suggest you stop using them. If you google (or bing :) ) data liberation they'll tell you how to get your data out of google, if this is what you want.
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While Google is not providing a way for users to opt out of its new privacy policy, this tracking only happens when you are logged in.

Seems to me there's a simple solution somewhere in there...
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sexyj wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 4:12 am
I don't even know why people are complaining about it.

Google is giving you a free service (via gmail, youtube, google.com). In return of their free service, they want some information about you that could better target their ads.

Does everybody that complains about this think everything google does should be free ?

:facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

If everything they did was free, how come they're a multi-billion dollar business?

I think people just want Google to continue doing what they're doing, business as usual - making loads of money.. and not collect our information on top of that.
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Jimboski wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 4:18 am
But the OP said that they're going to track everything you search for and what not, Who's right here!?

Your ISP already does that. lol
Just don't login when you use Google.
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iEyeCaptain wrote:
Jan 25th, 2012 9:42 am
Agreed.

If Google is "invading your privacy", then pay for search engine services for a guarantee of non-tracking.

In other news, I'm starting a tin foil hat manufacturing business..

I'm sure many people would happily pay for a search engine that guaranteed privacy and scrubbed their logs, but no such service exists with algorithms that can compete with Google. There is no true free market solution here, as Google literally is the only provider of the most relevant search results.
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