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Title: Shock: Google Recording Porn Searches, Even 'Incognito' History Easily Obtainable
Source: Conservative Tribune
URL Source: https://conservativetribune.com/google-recording-private-searches/
Published: Apr 11, 2018
Author: Benjamin Arie
Post Date: 2018-04-12 02:01:57 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 227
Comments: 11

Let’s admit it: There are some things you just don’t want other people to know you Googled.

Whether it’s an adult topic, a sensitive medical condition, or simply something innocent like gift ideas for a surprise birthday party, we like knowing that some of our searches are “off the record.”

Almost anyone who has ever used the Google Chrome browser is familiar with “Incognito” mode. Its purpose is supposedly to browse the web without leaving a history of sites visited or terms searched … but is Google keeping its promises to users?

“Chrome won’t save the following information: Your browsing history, cookies and site data, information entered in forms,” the Chrome Incognito home screen assures us.

Google’s own help documents go into more detail. “Chrome doesn’t save your browsing history or information entered in forms. Cookies and site data are remembered while you’re browsing, but deleted when you close Incognito mode.”

To the casual reader, it certainly seems that Google is pledging not to retain the sites you visit or searches you make while in Incognito mode.

Shockingly, however, USA Today has reported that this may not actually be true.

Technology columnist Jefferson Graham revealed that when he requested an archive of his data from Google, he was stunned to see that Incognito searches were included in their extensive records.

Graham used a tool available from Google that allows users to download and review the piles of information that the tech giant retains about each person.

“Mine arrived in a few hours, delivered to Gmail. After unzipping the files, most are categorized in clear-to-read English and go way back — mine to 2009,” the journalist explained.

If you’ve done anything on Chrome or the Google-owned Android operating system, there’s a good chance it’s in the archive.

“The list included everything: a voice request on Google Home to solve 6*12.50, I listened to Prince on Google Play last week, watched a James Corden clip on YouTube and every Google search, made both publicly and anonymously in Incognito mode,” he explained. Emphasis added.

“That last bit of history was a surprise,” the USA Today reporter admitted.

“Google tells users that searching in Incognito mode means ‘Chrome doesn’t save your browsing history’ and ‘basic browsing history information like URLs, cached page text, or IP addresses of pages linked from the websites you visit,'” he continued. “We reached out to Google for comment, but have yet to hear back.”

How does “Incognito doesn’t save your browsing history” turn into “here’s every Incognito search you’ve ever made?” It’s a very good question, and there doesn’t seem to be a satisfactory answer.

One possibility is that the tech giant is pulling a bit of a bait-and-switch. Your searches may be transmitted to Google’s servers and archived there with your name attached.

Chrome, the actual program running on your computer, may, in fact, clear your searches locally when you close the Incognito window, but everything you’ve ever looked for — yes, even those late-night searches with Incognito — are kept in “Big G’s” massive and increasingly creepy database.

In other words, Chrome might not be saving your browsing history, but Google sure is. That loophole may give the tech company an “out,” but it’s unclear and perhaps even deceptive.

Amid the recent Facebook scandals and Mark Zuckerberg’s earnest testimony in front of Congress, many Americans are becoming increasingly aware of just how much privacy they’ve given up for the sake of technological convenience.

Whether it’s even possible to put the privacy genie back in its bottle remains to be seen, but taking a look at what major corporations like Google have in your file is an eye-opening experience.


Poster Comment:

This shouldn't surprise us.

I recently download my entire Google history (or the parts they admit to possessing). It was 6 megabytes on disk, very small considering how much I use the web. It went back to 2007 and was much smaller than I expected even though I do religiously avoid Google searches and services whenever possible. And I do block the Google spy bug that is planted on virtually every page on the internet (except here at LF and a handful of other sites).

Then I went in and deleted all of it from my Google account. But maybe that is just a ruse as well and Google still kept copies of it.

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#1. To: Tooconservative (#0) (Edited)

I think we should organize a simultaneous, nationwide search as follows:
"allah rapes pigs with barack"

How about at the deathcult's mosquetime this Friday?

The author should be most-ashamed of watching a James Corden clip and then mentioning that in public.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-04-12   15:30:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Tooconservative, Deckard (#0)

This shouldn't surprise us.

It does NOT.

(Good thing that Patriot Act which "KEEPS US SAFE!" negated any reason for that pesky 4th Amendment, eh?

I went in and deleted all of it from my Google account. But maybe that is just a ruse as well and Google still kept copies of it.

Yup. The perception that you/we have any control to "delete history" of any of these data harvesting social media giants is merely a Placebo Effect. Psychologically we may feel liberated, but that's all it is.

Liberator  posted on  2018-04-12   15:35:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Liberator (#2)

Yup. The perception that you/we have any control to "delete history" of any of these data harvesting social media giants is merely a Placebo Effect. Psychologically we may feel liberated, but that's all it is.

We shouldn't forget that we won't have a history that needs deleting if we just avoid using these services and block all access to them. It is also the best way to starve the beast. In addition, if they compile vast dossiers of information on us even when we pointedly avoid any contact with them or any use of their services, it may well provide the basis for a massive class action lawsuit against the Googles and Facebooks and Twitters.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-04-12   17:17:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Hank Rearden (#1)

I think we should organize a simultaneous, nationwide search as follows: "allah rapes pigs with barack"

I'm not sure you want to do that if you have a Gmail account. The future ads shown to you in Gmail could reflect those kinds of searches.

Even if they realize you're just joking, they will record the fact that that is the direction your thoughts take you. It's all just more data points to tuck away in your dossier for the rest of your life and probably years beyond.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-04-12   17:19:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Tooconservative (#3)

Just received a YUGE notice from Yahoo Services that request user-sign off on a disclosure acknowledge and agreement that they WILL be harvesting ALL data, selling it, OR GIVING it to...whomever.

Wow.

Liberator  posted on  2018-04-13   12:03:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Liberator (#5)

Just received a YUGE notice from Yahoo Services that request user-sign off on a disclosure acknowledge and agreement that they WILL be harvesting ALL data, selling it, OR GIVING it to...whomever.

In truth, Yahoo as a force in the tech community is slightly higher than HotMail and AOL.

I still have an email address there but don't expect much from them. I hate my Gmail too but my only real alternative would be to setup and maintain my own email server and I'm too lazy for that. And those assholes probably know it too.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-04-13   13:59:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Tooconservative (#6)

I hate my Gmail too but my only real alternative would be to setup and maintain my own email server and I'm too lazy for that. And those assholes probably know it too.

Yup. As if the posts at this site as well as LP's history won't indict us for all future Kangaroo Court hearings (especially the stupidity). Yes I'm afraid G00gle is the Mutha of all Big Brother spies.

Q:

We may have discussed this but is setting up one's own server that difficult? And would it be secure?

Any suggestions as to an optional pay site conducive to necessary downloads, attachments, and security? I'd considered Start Page email service but don't think you can send or receive attachments...but maybe I'm wrong.

Liberator  posted on  2018-04-13   14:40:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Liberator (#7)

We may have discussed this but is setting up one's own server that difficult? And would it be secure?

If you run it in your home, you've automatically provided a server that can be attacked and that is likely running on your home network, opening security holes for them too.

It's a lot of trouble and you have to do lots of updates, install your own spam filters, etc. Very few people run home email servers and the number continues to decline. More trouble than it's worth.

Any suggestions as to an optional pay site conducive to necessary downloads, attachments, and security? I'd considered Start Page email service but don't think you can send or receive attachments...but maybe I'm wrong.

I think StartPage does allow attachments. I've looked at it before but didn't subscribe. They have current PGP, 10GB mailboxes (indicating attachments are allowed), disposable email addresses (though you can get one-time email from some free services easily enough), IMAP support for advanced email services just like Gmail or Apple Mail use, the ability to use StartPage email services on your own domain so you can just integrate all its features into your own website(s).

I just don't want to pay $5 a month. I'm too cheap. Years back, I did subscribe to HushMail but it was about half the price but had more limited service offerings.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-04-13   22:59:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Tooconservative (#6)

still have an email address there but don't expect much from them. I hate my Gmail too but my only real alternative would be to setup and maintain my own email server and I'm too lazy for that.

https://mail.yandex.com/

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-04-13   23:49:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Tooconservative (#8)

Very few people run home email servers and the number continues to decline. More trouble than it's worth.

Tell that to Hillary.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2018-04-14   0:49:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Liberator (#5)

Just received a YUGE notice from Yahoo Services that request user-sign off on a disclosure acknowledge and agreement that they WILL be harvesting ALL data, selling it, OR GIVING it to...whomever.

Slashdot: Yahoo's New Privacy Policy Allows Data-Sharing With Verizon

"Yahoo is now part of Oath and there is a new Privacy and Terms contract..." warns long-time Slashdot reader DigitalLogic. CNET reports:
Oath notes that it has the right to read your emails, instant messages, posts, photos and even look at your message attachments. And it might share that data with parent company Verizon, too... When you dig further into Oath's policy about what it might do with your words, photos, and attachments, the company clarifies that it's utilizing automated systems that help the company with security, research and providing targeted ads -- and that those automated systems should strip out personally identifying information before letting any humans look at your data. But there are no explicit guarantees on that.
The update also warns that Oath is now "linking your activity on other sites and apps with information we have about you, and providing anonymized and/or aggregated reports to other parties regarding user trends." For example, Oath "may analyze user content around certain interactions with financial institutions," and "leverages information financial institutions are allowed to send over email."

Oath does offer a "Privacy Controls" page which includes a "legacy" AOL link letting you opt-out of internet-based advertising that's been targeted "based on your online activities" -- but it appears to be functioning sporadically.

CNET also reports that now Yahoo users are agreeing to a class-action waiver and mutual arbitration. "What it means is if you don't like what the company does with your data, you'll have a hard time suing."



Maybe it is time for me to end my Yahoo account. I thought they were getting pretty dicey as they declined but now they're just crackwhoring for their pimp Verizon or so it seems.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-04-15   2:50:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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