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Dumping Google

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by ethics, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Yet another reason to dump Google: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-tracking-apple-users-2012-2
     
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  3. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Problem is, it's not just Google that does this. And I'd wager there are more than just the 3 companies that were caught by the study.


    Another reason why I never get one of those special store cards, give my phone number, or provide any identifying information when I purchase something.
     
  4. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Google wasn't just bypassing Safari. Looks like they were bypassing IE privacy settings as well: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57381371-83/microsoft-google-bypassed-ie-privacy-settings-too/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
     
  5. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    They are out of control.
     
  6. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    If they keep shooting themselves in the foot often enough, they just may self destruct. I don't miss Google.
     
  7. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Obviously, "don't be evil" is just a marketing slogan to them. Not a mission statement.
     
  8. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  9. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Done, thanks!
     
  10. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

    Whadya know. Mine was never on.
     
  11. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

  12. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Been using Bing, does a fine job.
     
  13. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I agree. I may have mentioned that elsewhere in this thread. It's all I use now, and I'm finding the same things I found on Google.

     
  14. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

    What's Bing's stance/policy on privacy and tracking?

    How is this different than anything Google is doing?
     
  15. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    There's no unification with other things MS. Basically, I could care less if I am searching for "pink thong" from some ip. There's no name or anything attached to that search -- unlike Google.
     
  16. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

    There is no name associated with Google if you're l
     
  17. jimeez

    jimeez Thread Killer

    There is no name associated with Google if you're logged out, no?
     
  18. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Each Google service places the dreaded cookies and they use THAT with the unification.
     
  19. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    I wouldn't completely trust logging out of Google as making yourself safe. At least not verifying that there are no Google cookies left in your browser. I've set my browser to make all Google cookies session cookies, so they disappear when I close my browser.
     
  20. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    I cleared my Google cookies then logged into Google Webmaster Tools, counted 11 cookies. Then I logged out and there were still 5 cookies left. Four of them were such long encrypted-looking strings that practically anything could be in there. (One of them was just for language = "en")
     

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