I was reading on a particular forum how Google.com is used to track people online-- as are many search engines and Internet Explorer.
This is why I use the free Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, and have had lots less internet crashes because of it.
Well i just learned the other day that the following two search engines are proven safe and non-spying -- and dont plant cookies in your hard-drive. Google and the other major ones seem to have an ulterior purpose behind them. Just type your name and address in Google.com.- it'll practically pull up your social security number!
lol!-- yeah that was my first impression too.. :-D
I never heard of the two before til the other day- when I read somone elses post about them on another forum (forgot where)
I wasnt too thrilled when I typed my full name and city in Google.com and it pulled up a little too much info about me that I wanted people to know. Google did have an option on a tiny link at the bottom of that page where I could select privacy of this information for the future.
I took advantage of that and 'unsubscribed" my personal info-- but what really irks me is that not many people are aware all this info about them and exactly where they live (even maps to their home) can be pulled right from a search engine! Even that they have an option to keep that info private. Heck, alot of folks dont even own computers -- never have and never will- yet Google's search engine can pull thier personal info up as well-- and they cant take advantage of the existing (so far) Privacy Act to "unsubscribe" this info. Google does have tracking cookies-- and Im sure since they are this "Walmart" style search engine that rubs elbows with all the big Internet companies- that the Patriot Act is really being used alot between our government, Microsoft & AOL, and well known search engines like Google or Yahoo.
Time will tell how much involvement there is with some of these big search engines, Internet Explorer , these companies and Big Brother.
The best any of us can do is to continue searching for truths despite all the noise and otherwise massive efforts going on around us to keep many truths hidden. It's a tough game, no gurantees, often thankless when viewed by those who prefer the comfort of not seeking truths, and at the end of the day it is still difficult to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Makes sense that a lot of varied opinions are represented here at CZ.
One of mine is that there is very little that separates Google from our heavy handed socialist big brother and the combine of spook agencies and military complex that they've erected with tax dollars, ala NSA/FEMA/CIA/DoJ/IRS and all their brethern alphabet soup of tough guy authority-wannabes.