Hmmm… Privacy Seems to be the Issue. Do We Have Any Anymore? [updated]



[updated to include article link reference in the second to last paragraph]

That is a good question don't you think? I recently blogged about the changes that Facebook made to its Privacy Policy… Since I already updated that post once, I thought that I would create a whole new post after I read this story. In the "Google Age" do we really have personal right to what we once called privacy? How much information do you give up to Google? Any idea? Some of us simply use Google as a search engine.  We don't login to anything, we don't use iGoogle, we don't have a gmail address… so what can Google glean from us? Well a lot.  Google and their partners, use "cookies" that they periodically leave behind in your browser depending on where you surf or click. No, it does not matter what browser you use.

However, if you DO login into Google or have a gmail address, Google is tracking a whole lot more about you.  If you haven't, I recommend you going into your Google Dashboard… So, how does Google feel about your privacy?

"Google CEO Eric Schmidt explained his stance on online privacy: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines—including Google—do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.”

So, it's all open to the public Google? I read that as a big resounding YES. How do you feel about it? Does it matter? Is Facebook more responsive to your concerns? What happens if [when] the Google Phone is will that impact privacy more?  Will Eric Schmidt be saying; "well if you didn't want a transcript of your call made and posted publicly, then I guess you shouldn't have made that call…" 

How about this… do you think you can fly under the radar? Stay away from the world by simply skulking under the search engines noses? If so, this might be a good read for you. Even if not, it really is a good read. 

Overall, most of the adult population is aware of identity theft.  Hopefully, no one I know has been a victim of this crime. We are concerned about credit card theft, mail theft, phone scams, phishing scams, and many more… why do we seem so flippant about what Google knows about us? Certainly it seem Google is…


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