If there is one thing that defines our internet experience, it is Google. A lot of us (including me) cannot imagine a life without Google products.
In broader sense this means that, no matter which internet browser you use, Google will collect all your information and collect in its own cloud. (In order to provide better search results.) From your IP address to searches you make to videos you watched- Google will track and store everything. Google, may also share (read sell) this information with stake holders.
Google has been doing this for a long time. It just that this time they’re little open about it.
— w3.adityabhasin.in (@meadityabhasin) February 27, 2012
Information at stake
1) Phone numbers;
2) Pseudo name;
3) Your smart phone make;
4) Marital status;
7) Secret, object able, adulterous search results;
8) Tax information;
9) Medical history;
10) Criminal records;
11) Any schedule that one adds to Google calendar;
12) Your location, through GPS device on your phone.
People at stake
If you’re ‘once in a blue moon’ user of internet, then all is OK. Otherwise, if you’re like me, whose good amount of time is spent on, internet-then the bug starts for you. The second you login into your Google account and start making searches or maps or G talk- your privacy is already on stake. Google will go ahead and collect all the possible information through your login and every time you login again. Google, may share (read sell) this information with marketing companies and business houses. Sharing any suspicious Email with government is obligation; already. If you think that you will not acknowledge this option- it’s out of question. You have to
Google, for but obvious reason is trying hard to defend its now policy. It says that this will help their robots generate ‘quality’ search results for their users.
How users can protect themselves.
1) Private surfing
Internet explorer (yes, I think IE is still a browser), Safai, Chrome and Firefox are major browsers used by most of us. All of these browser do have a feature which can enable you to protect your privacy. This will make sure that none of your information goes to any website.
IE 8 and above: On the top right corner, click on ‘Safety’ tab and then click on ‘InPrivate Browsing’. This will enable a private tab in IE thus protecting all your information going to a third party or a website like Google.
Chrome 17.0.963.56 : Press CTRL+SHIFT+ N or on top right hand corner, there is a wrench tool button, click on ‘New Incognito window’.
Firefox 10.0 : On top left rand corner click on ‘Firefox’ and then click on ‘Start Private Browsing’.
- Firefox 10.0
Safari 5.1.1: On top right hand corner click on settings button and then click on ‘Private browsing’
2) Remove date
If in case you’d like know that what all information Google has stored about you then you can check http://www.DataLibration.org. It will allow you to download all the information to your system.
3) Remove Google History
Log in onto your Google account > type Google.com/history > Click on ‘Turn off web history’. Even after following this step Google will continue recording all your search history but not under your name. This data will be deleted automatically after 18 months.
4) Goodbye Google
Here is the most difficult part of whole privacy business. Nobody, at least me would not like to close my Google account. Even then you want to close here are the steps:
1)Go to Google.com >On right hand side click on ‘ Account setting’ > go to services option > and click on ‘Close Google account.’
The bug stops here.
A lot of you may say that what the big deal is. Google used to do this earlier as well. So, to answer that let me say that, earlier Google used to gather Application or service based information, but now Google will gather all your information; no matter what.
For an example: Earlier while you used Gtalk, Google only saved your chat scripts but now they may use the content of those chat scripts for marketing purpose.
All the information provided above are as per best knowledge of author. The author does not take responsibility for any information, found to be incorrect. Reader’s decision is requested.