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Windows 7: How Google Spies on Your Gmail Account (And How To Stop It)

12 May 2011   #1
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 
How Google Spies on Your Gmail Account (And How To Stop It)

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In Google's war with Facebook, Google's "don't be evil" motto could be a casualty. The search engine is now leveraging your private Gmail information to get an edge in the social networking wars. It's creepy.

Google is quietly mining your Gmail contacts database to figure out which competing social networks you belong to. When it discovers one, it "suggests" that you vacuum the outside account into your Google account so that Google can exploit the data within its own services. The practice of monitoring users' email address books to better compete with Facebook appears to be the furthest and most arguably "evil" step Google has yet taken with Gmail or indeed with any sensitive personal information with which it is entrusted.
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12 May 2011   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

I don't use my real name on my gmail account. I've never used my real name on any sort of google account.

So the day gmail delivered my personalised targeted ads and greeted me by real named, scraped from the contents of personal e-mails, was the day I stopped using gmail.



Even though there is the fine print of the "I agree" checkbox we all tick/click (which of course no one reads and is thus exploited) which 'legally' gives them the right to do so, the cavalier and mercenary disregard for personal privacy in how these companies abuse a users personal information is morally reprehensible.

What's even worse is that the general ignorance, ambivalence or flat out apathy allows them to keep getting away with it.

Sure they offer a service and some form of quid pro quo is to be expected expected, but enough is enough. Not only are they crossing the line of moral decency - they are leaping over it strapped to rockets...
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12 May 2011   #3
oreo27

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
I don't use my real name on my gmail account. I've never used my real name on any sort of google account.

So the day gmail delivered my personalised targeted ads and greeted me by real named, scraped from the contents of personal e-mails, was the day I stopped using gmail.



Even though there is the fine print of the "I agree" checkbox we all tick/click (which of course no one reads and is thus exploited) which 'legally' gives them the right to do so, the cavalier and mercenary disregard for personal privacy in how these companies abuse a users personal information is morally reprehensible.

What's even worse is that the general ignorance, ambivalence or flat out apathy allows them to keep getting away with it.

Sure they offer a service and some form of quid pro quo is to be expected expected, but enough is enough. Not only are they crossing the line of moral decency - they are leaping over it strapped to rockets...
Lol at the last line. That's just scary. It's a good thing I've never, ever had a personal Google account. I have one for my old blog though.
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12 May 2011   #4
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

It's been known for a long time that Google is basically a data gathering machine, in every aspect possible. The most valuable information out there is not your credit card number, it's your personal lifestyle habits.

Everyone's watching you, look at the latest Apple phone tracking debacle:

Because of the recent mobile phone gathering scandal that came to light, Apple and Google have been called to attend a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Privacy, Technology and the Law to address this issue. Senator Al Franken and Representative Ed Markey are leading the charge.

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A group of researchers discovered that iOS 4 was recording location information and the file containing that information is restored after backups and moved to your new device if you switch physical phones. The file is not encrypted and can be easily accessed by anyone who knows where to look.

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Shortly thereafter, security researchers naturally started looking at the other popular phone platforms to determine whether they were doing the same thing. They discovered that location tracking of one sort or another is standard operating procedure. Google has also been sued for tracking location on Android phones, although they reportedly save only the last few dozen locations, whereas the iPhones were found to have more than a year's worth of locations saved.
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A few days later, reports came out that Windows Phone 7 was also collecting location information that is included in a "miniature data dump" transmitted to Microsoft. The company said that the information is not saved on the device as is the case with the iPhone.

Orwell was right...he was only off by a few decades


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17 May 2011   #5
damien76

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Same here. Never used real-name when using gmail/youtube. They spy on us and then keep if open for others to see and spam us to the bones.
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