I didn’t like it when Google kept me logged in after blogging, following me around as I searched each day. Now it tells me just how often I have been to each web page—not that I surf into places that would embarrass me. Is this a little too Big Brother?
I know it could be worse. Google could be tracking my behaviour around the internet and not tell me. But this sure is spooky: it overtly changes the relationship from being Google designed for people toward us being subjects whom they track.
It’s how the Evil Empire worked: telling us it’s for our own good when in fact this helps them more, here with ad sales and behavioural data on users. I know where I visit, and my life is just too busy for me to worry about how often I go to each site, so the features Google claims are good for us just don’t appeal to me. At least give us the option to turn this tracking off—a demand which, I know, will never be heard.
Posted by Jack Yan, 23:11
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