When I wrote Monday about the new didtheyreadit.com privacy-invading email tracking system, I had no idea that an even more invasive system has been on the market for two years or so.
A geolocation information aggregator.
By NICHOLAS CARR
Google has announced the launch of a browser plugin that lets users avoid being tracked by Google Analytics. The company warned two months ago , in the midst of loud privacy-related complaints, that it was working on such a tool.
Google has launched a new privacy dashboard — technically just called Google Dashboard — that gives users quicker access to, and more control over, the personal information stored in Google’s databases. The dashboard is a one-stop shop for managing this data and the settings that are associated with the Google products you use when signed in to your Google account. “We recognize how important our users’ trust is, so we’re looking for ways to be more transparent,” says Shuman Ghosemajumder, Google’s Business Product Manager for Trust & Safety.
People were up in arms this week about the privacy implications of news that the iPhone gathers location information and stores it in a file on the user’s computer. But experts say that smart-phone owners are unknowingly taking a much bigger risk with information about where they go all day. During a presentation at the computer security conference Source Boston , Ben Jackson of Mayhemic Labs and Larry Pesce , a senior security consultant with NWN, described the way photos taken by many phones are routinely encoded with latitude and longitude tags.
Think Google is just a gigantic search engine that knows everything about everything? Think again.
Late Friday evening, I tweeted out that, for some reason unbeknownst to me, Google’s Web History tracking “feature” (the one that keeps tabs on every search you’ve made for sake of tailoring ads to your tastes and/or creeping you out) had seemingly been enabled on my account.