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What’s in Google’s new privacy rules for you?

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Google’s new privacy policy (basically Google will dump all it knows about you, including the content of your emails, in a single file so that it can use the metadata it extracts to serve advertising to you) has made some people feel uncomfortable about it.

What about the new EU idea about the right to be forgotten, or the old one, to have multiple online personalities?

Google says doing what it wants with your (or my) online record will result in a better search experience for the billions of people who use it daily.

What’s in it for Google is clearly more billions of advertising money. So what’s in it for you and me? Well, Google didn’t know, or at least it doesn’t provide the answer in the first page of search results.

Instead it suggested the thought-provoking introduction from RedTape’s Verisign hack story, “It should be clear by now that nothing online is sacred…”

I prefer to have a disaggregated identity when I’m online. In other words, I like the anonymity that goes with being a dog, unless I explicitly make my identity (and my preferences) available. I don’t think Google or anyone else should be messing with that.

Neither does Mirjam Remie, who writes for Bits of Freedom, a Dutch website. She’s trying to live Google-free for a week.

Here are some of the alternative tools to Google’s she says she may be using, in case you’d like to try them too.

Search: DuckDuckGo, Start Page, Scroogle
YouTube: Vimeo, Metacafe, Break, Dailymotion
Google+: Facebook and MySpace (poor options from a privacy point of view), Diaspora

Google Chrome: SRWare Iron, Firefox, RefControl, Safari, Ghostery (add-on)
Gmail: Hotmail, FastMail, Neomailbox, Lavabit and GMX

Google Maps: OpenStreetMap, Nokia Maps



Written by Br0kenTeleph0n3

2012/02/05 at 19:35

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