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27 Feb 2012

Thank you! Good to have your confirmation of what I've been thinking! Just had a little niggling thought that I was maybe missing it's gone. What happens on my computer is my responsibility.

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Henry Wilkinson
28 Feb 2012

You have saved me a lot of time and concern. I have not had time to read all that privacy stuff, but the fact that it was raised by Google made me feel nervous. Your opinion is always of great importance to me. Thanks for going into it in so much detail.

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Bantam Australia
28 Feb 2012

Clearly Google already held/holds the information and uses it to generate revenue. Thank you for making this clear and also that having one privacy policy does not relieve Google or the user from acting responsibly and making individual decisions. Common-sense dictates that users always did, and always will, need to think about what they are doing and make their own decisions.

Sorry, government authorities can't protect you from crossing the road either!!!

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28 Feb 2012

I have long believed that one should be prepared for anything said on a phone, yes even a landline, a cell phone, put in an e-mail, added to comments on a web site and so on to become public. So if you don't want it to be public - don't say it or don't do it! Yes, I know there is a big rift between freedom of expression, freedom of information and privacy of information; but that's the result of instant communication over multiple channels.

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Claire Grosse
28 Feb 2012

The head of Google is on record as being in favor of using the information gathered electronically through gmail, etc by our gov't agencies when they want to investigate. He spoke of being able to gather invaluable data on any individual without their knowledge or consent merely by tracking their habits on the internet or emails or those who email anyone with a gmail account. So while you may not have a problem with advertisers and google making money off of anylising your internet habits, the possibility of 'Big Brother' stepping in is entirely frightening, and not at all unrealistic. You could be denied insurance coverage because you 'Googled' several sites on Cancer. You could be looking at them because a friend is ill, but the perception is that you think you are ill. You could be turned down for a job because you visited the site of a rival political party.
It truly is no one's business where you surf. Don't give up these rights so easily, as once they are gone, they are not won back easily.

Posted by:

28 Feb 2012

Re: UltraSurf
From what I was able to glean from a quick web search, UltraSurf overrides your firewall and all your policies. Personally, I don't trust anything that takes security out of my hands. I feel you can do just as well with good internet security practices, and not have an intruder.

That said, if I was living in a repressive country, I would probably be happy to have a workaround to Big Brother's web controls.

Posted by:

28 Feb 2012

Dear Bob,
On privacy policies in general.
A salutary story...
A father of a teenage daughter complained to a department store that they were sending her brochures and advertisements for baby clothes and baby items, which he thought was inappropriate.
Apparently, unknown to customers, the store was collecting data from purchases made with credit cards and associating it with names and addresses.
"in order to provide better service"!
On questioning his daughter, the father found out that she was in fact pregnant!
He apologised to the store, but I don't think he should have.
What right has a store to interfere in a sensitive family matter?
What it the young girl had been raped and was too afraid to tell her father?
All sorts of repercussions!
So, yes, collecting information about users is quite conceivably inappropriate!
H. C.

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28 Feb 2012

As far as emptying my Web History, I have done that for years!!! It just something, that I have done and will continue to do.

As for "ads", while I don't like them, I know that they do save most of us, money. NO ads, no service. As long as the ads, do NOT interfere with my viewing a page, I am okay with it. When, an ad 'pops up' and takes over my page, that is when I get mad. This is why, I use Ad-Blockers, to stop all of that. Off to the side, in view, but not in the way, is fine with me.

As for the ads on my Smartphone, again, as long as they do NOT try to take over the whole viewing space, I am fine with it. I have gotten lots of good apps FREE, because of Google and ads come with the FREE. Oh, I forgot, I have an Android Phone.

I still think, the most important service you can get for either your computer or smartphone ... is Anti-Virus Security protection.I have that, for both my computer and smartphone.

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28 Feb 2012

Bob ... I must say, one of the most abusive users of privacy ... is the Phone Companies!!! They will sell anything, to make money!!! The Phone Companies sells email addresses, phone numbers, even ones that are un-listed, so on and so forth.

So, if, anyone is really worried about Google getting 'private' information on them ... let them, first look at their own phone company!!! Everyone is affected by this, whether they have a land line or use just a cell phone.

Just stop and think about ALL of the personal information, that Phone Companies have on each and everyone of us!!! They have it all ... our SS Numbers, our Financial information, the Address where we live, plus our most accurate, latest phone number and for many of us, the Work place. They want it all, JUST in case, you don't pay what you owe them, right? Right!!! So, let's get more upset with Google, than our own Phone Companies, which we think so little about.

Bottom line, just who started all of this privacy invasion issue???!!! I say, it was the Bell System, years ago.

Posted by:

Oswaldo Gomez
28 Feb 2012

I completely agree with you, Bob. Google knows it's profiting from your information, and so tells you. And that practice is for making money. What else did you expect? Google IS a company, and companies make money, except in North Korea.
I'll tell you another case of personal information case that makes this controversy a picnic in the park. Some years ago, the government of a country, in the South Caribbean shore, grabbed personal information from citizens that initiated a recall process. Petition signs and registry forms were collected for this purpose. That information was used to deny those citizens government contracts, aid, jobs, access to public services and so on. Even consular services. This despicable action wasn't in the mood of making money. Not evil, then? As it was that government who collected and used that information against many of his nationals, every legal efort to complain or ban this has been sistematically shut down.
You're free to believe this story is true or not. What is SO true, is that you can sue GOOGLE anytime you find it breaking the law or violating what they offered to you, and NO official agency or person will try to stop you. It's nice to be a citizen, and to be respected for by your government. Enjoy it.

Posted by:

Oswaldo Gomez
28 Feb 2012

In case I have somehow mistaked in my last comment, that last paragraph was not directed to Bob, but to our fellow readers. Bob's got the right figure, if I am allowed to say. Sorry again for any possible misunderstanding.

Posted by:

28 Feb 2012

It's no different to Ebay I make a search for tents and I get ads for tents and camping gear. I'm not complaining I'm getting ads for what I'm looking for.

Thanks for the article Bob.

Posted by:

06 Jan 2014

Hi Bob, Of course my email will not be published by you! I know that, because you are Bob Rankin: it's simply not in your heart to ever betray us, your subscribers, ever, for a bit of filthy lucre.

It's not money that's the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money. If Google suffered from that malady, would Google be so generous? I doubt it, and I stick with Google, use their Chrome, their g+, their You Tube, their Picasa - all for free. I don't use their GMail simply because I don't know how to.

In return for what Google gives me, they can, with pleasure, have anything they might useful on my PC to keep themselves in their altruistic business.

Your fine article on Microsoft vs Google, in that order, and the abominable Google- bashing by Microsoft, just confirms what I have personally experienced about Microsoft myself. I have never liked Microsoft and their dominating, self-centered ways.

Thank you for another great, direct and fearless article. Personally I don't mind what Google does with any information it gets from me, because I honestly have nothing to hide...

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