Everything You Do Online is Being Tracked. Find Out How, By Whom, Why, Now What

If Google isn’t Big Brother they’re doing a pretty good imitation. And escaping them is no easier than getting away from the Thought Police was for Winston. Once you understand how Google Web History works you’ll have a pretty good idea how all the others who are following us around work.

SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY:

LATEST GOOGLE PRIVACY ISSUE LINKS:

  • Google Knows Where I Am and Everything Else I Do
  • Google’s User Data Empire

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES on PROTECTING YOUR INTERNET PRIVACY:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES on GOOGLE WEB SEARCH and Other Forms of GOOGLE TRACKING:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON ONLINE DATA MINING:

  • EFF Suing AT&T for Spying to Sue Government Too

WHO ELSE IS TRACKING YOU AND YOUR VISITORS?:

COMPETITORS OR?:

  • Open Yahoo! Will Play Nice With Google, Not Compete
  • AT&T and IBM Swap Divisions (Employees of each lose pensions and receive pay cuts.)
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Gail Gardner

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Creator and owner of GrowMap.com, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.

Comments

  1. Spooky stuff that Google is following us and tracking us everywhere we browse on the net, I guess its something we have to live with!

  2. Shocking to think that an organization knows more about you then your own damn government. Shocking.
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  3. SeoDezin says:

    From this post I can image that Google is too much intelligent and it is working on the algorithms of artificial intelligence.

  4. I know what it does but how does Google Web History actually work? I’m tired of looking and can’t find anything on this.

    For example, I use Internet Explorer but have Chrome installed in case a virus disables IE. Today I opened Chrome and to my surprise it had in its history 3 months of sites visited in IE (which by the way is configured to keep only 3 weeks of history).

    I know it was Google Web History that did this and already removed it from my Google account, but what process is running on the computer and what exactly does it monitor? All http comunications?

    Thanks!

    • What none of us know is how many entities share information between themselves, how much tracking of our movements across unrelated sites is going on, and who is saving what data.

      If Google Chrome is showing what you do in IE, then Google and Microsoft are making it even more obvious that they ARE sharing data.

      The sad news is unless we are so technical that we are familiar with every bit of code on our PCs how can we ever really know what might be running – especially if it is coded to not appear in the running processes that are visible?

      And how can we know what is tracking our activities? If we opt-out of something how do we ever know that they actually DID opt us out? We don’t know.

      I set up an email program to delete my email on the server at inbox.com but it never deletes. Different privacy laws apply if you allow your email to stay on a server, but the bottom line is we are NOT in control.
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      • Yep, there is a lot going on with our information that we don’t know about. But the more we know how it works, the more we can do something about it. Like blocking specific programs and not allowing cookies for specific sites.

      • lately i have noticed that what i did in chrome shows us up in firefox..i clear history before shutting down..does this help?

  5. Thanks for all the sources, i never viewed Google like this, its nice to see another opinion. It makes you think twice before you do anything on the internet these days.

    Anyway,thanks for this post.Thanks for the information.
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  6. I’m not sure if you’re talking about the features in browser the web history? Anyway I admire Google and their SEO algorithm was really superb.

    Regards,
    Vins

  7. That was a very good read. Thank you very much for sharing and I will definitely check back for more.

  8. Google uses approximately all the information for better improvement of the landing pages and its other products, so i think its quite useful for all.

    Thanks for the information.

  9. Thanks for the post! This one’s a bit of an eye opener, thanks again.

  10. I was reading one of the articles when i came to the “scroogle” program. I think it is fantastic if you are really worried about Google or other search engines logging your search queries to your IP address.

    Thanks for all the sources, i never viewed Google like this, its nice to see another opinion. It makes you think twice before you do anything on the internet these days.

  11. Thanks for the post! This one’s a bit of an eye opener, thanks again.

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