If Google taught us anything this week, it's that your privacy settings suck. You should fix them this weekend. Gary Coleman says so.
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- It's not just online companies. There's no such thing as privacy in a world based on targeted marketing! http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/Mar 3, 2012
- you have a choice...dont use google, or facebook, or twitter, or cloud services or smartphones.
Let me get this straight: you use a service, for free, because you like it. For this you grant them the privilege of showing you ads for things you may actually want.
And yeah, that target example is perfect. The problem wasnt that they targeted an ad, they were in fact trying to sell her things that she actually may want. The problem was that they did a crappy job of keeping her medical condition private from her father.
These companies dont care about you as an individual. To them your name is #3225543324. I dont really see the problem with the practice.Mar 3, 2012
- P Higby+2+Robert Hirsch
Bottom line: if one doesn't want to share one's private info, then one shouldn't share one's private info.
Problem solved.Mar 3, 2012
- "If Google taught us anything this week"......it's that even after the changes Google is a privacy fortress compared to Facebook. It also showed that the naysayer pundits were wrong about the sky falling on March 1st. Still clear and sunny here.Mar 3, 2012
- You do have choices! You choose to come to Google to do your things. It is actually easier to go Bing and Yahoo and Live.com for your search and email because it is less characters to type (4 and 5 letters vs 6). So one could actually argue that you are going out of your way to use Google.Mar 4, 2012
- If you're really paranoid about it, you can close all your different Google accounts and use http://duckduckgo.com as your search engine. As a policy, they don't track you.Mar 4, 2012