Discussion in 'Politics' started by bungrider, Apr 30, 2004.
How much do you pay for that since it is a special request
Come on, Harry, we need your insight into this. Google could make us all rich!
I intended to write something about GCT which would mean
"General Conspiracy Theory" and you want me to turn it into "Google Conspiracy Theory" oh no you abuse
And I don't need to some internet specialists of privacy are already on the stuff
Recently Googleâ¢ was nominated for the U.S. corporate Big Brother of the year. This is a part of Privacy International's awards. Mentioned are some things about the colorful friendly Googleâ¢ that you might not like to hear.
Googleâ¢ was the first search engine to use a cookie that expires in 2038. Yes, 2038. That's 35 years from now. The Googleâ¢ cookie places a unique ID number on your hard disk. Anytime you go to a Googleâ¢ page you get a Googleâ¢ cookie. If you have one, they read and record your unique ID number.
And they are very secretive about how they use this information. Users may have noticed that when they go to www.google.com, it now reverts to the domain of the country in which they reside. If I go to Google.com in Ireland, it reverts to Google.ie. I have never liked this; I don't want them to know I'm in Ireland. I don't want them to know anything about me at all. But they do. And it gets worse.
When you do a search on Googleâ¢, it records you cookie ID, your IP address, the time, date, your search terms and the configuration of the browser you are using. They will also deliver results on the basis of where in the world you are living. And Googleâ¢ retains all this data. Indefinitely.
When Googleâ¢ were asked about this, they refused to comment. Inquiries to Googleâ¢ about their privacy policies are ignored. When the New York Times (2002-11-28) asked Sergey Brin about whether Googleâ¢ ever gets subpoenaed for this information, he had no comment.
According to Google-watch.org, Googleâ¢ also hired a man formerly of the National Security Agency, Matt Cutts. So what you might say? Well, try searching for "Echelon surveillance" and see exactly what the NSA is capable of with regard to tracking information. And if you ever feel aggrieved by Googleâ¢, well tough. As Google-watch points out "There are no detailed, published standards issued by Googleâ¢, and there is no appeal process for penalized sites. Googleâ¢ is completely unaccountable. Most of the time they don't even answer email from webmasters."
The point to all of this is really, trust and privacy. Do I trust Googleâ¢? Not anymore. Is Googleâ¢ a caring corporate entity and is not really in it for the money? Of course not.
If you are worried about government spying like Total Information Awareness, Carnivore or Echelon, you need not worry. Googleâ¢ is already doing quite a good job of spying on us all already.
harry, you're brilliant.
Did they base Mel Gibson's character in that conspiracy movie on you?
Conspiracy on demand. WOW!
Indeed. I love ET!
out of all the conspiracy theories harry has posted, which one is most likely to be true?
Separate names with a comma.