Google - Invasion of Privacy?

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I'm really beginning to dislike their marketing tactics. If they hear a baby crying in the background, rest assured, you'll be blasted with diaper advertisements (?) Enough is enough.

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  • Profile picture of the author softerhelpchandan
    But Google is now part of our life
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      Originally Posted by softerhelpchandan View Post

      But Google is now part of our life
      :rolleyes:

      pfft

      says you...

      Google is nothing more than a monopoly. And we all know what eventually happens to those.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    There's no way to get away from being monitored now without taking very involved steps to do so. No wireless phones. Unhook the phone when not in use. Line walls of homes with shiny metals to avoid surveillance detection from the street. Do not own a computer. Do not own a mobile phone.

    Put car license plate in a microwave for a few seconds several times (don't melt them - but keep applying a few seconds of radiation to mess up any chips inside of them).
    Pay with cash only. If you have to have cards - credit, debit, driver's license, keep them in an electrostatic bag.

    Do not own a television set.

    Have a mechanic turn off the GPS system in your car.

    In other words - if you want to be free of being monitored. Good luck. You can't achieve 100% assurance you aren't being monitored. To come even close, you have to return to a very simple life without any modernization. As long as there are satellites and mobile equipment, you're screwed if someone is dead set on watching you.

    The best alternative to being monitored is to buy as little as humanly possible and to be as boring as a human can be and still have a pulse. Make sure you offer not one drop of interest to them and just maybe they will go away.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonParker
    Or... become an Amish.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Seiler
    Big brother is watching. Oh wait, never mind, that's just Google.

    Now, the question is, how will this new background noise monitoring technology effect my SERP ranking on selected key...sounds?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
    Just turn up your TV....with all that advertising every 10 minutes, sooner or later the Goog is bound to self-destruct...
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    Features like these are opt-in or opt-out. But people usually leave them turned on because they want the other "cool features" that are bundled with the feature that let's Google spy on them.

    I think smart phones are the worst kinds of devices. They're trojan horses that put surveillance devices into the palms of peoples hands.

    Cell phones are Stalin's dream:

    Something else I don't like is Google's voice search and Apple's Siri. Both of those services allow those companies to store and analyze your speech patterns. Being able to store mass amounts of samples of people's voice would allow them to create ways to identify you by voice in the future.

    I used to think that in order for some entity to put a tracking device on every person, they'd have to do it by force. I was wrong. All you have to do is make the tracking device fun and shiny and charge people for it and everybody wants one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    There is (are) complaints about this in EU courts. Not sure if they're going to give them a fine or something similar, but technology VERSUS privacy is a hot topic right now, even with Facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author butters
    Didn't even know they were doing this, in a way its pretty amazing what they can do me personally, im not fussed, send as much ads as you want my way
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
      Originally Posted by butters View Post

      Didn't even know they were doing this, in a way its pretty amazing what they can do me personally, im not fussed, send as much ads as you want my way
      Yeah....you can fart then read all those pork n' bean ads...
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by Dave Patterson View Post

        Yeah....you can fart then read all those pork n' bean ads...
        Followed by all those Beano ads ~ Beano before, silence after! :p

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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Of course there's the issue as well - that if they are listening to the background noise, you may as well consider whatever conversation you are having a public conversation as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author waterotter
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      Of course there's the issue as well - that if they are listening to the background noise, you may as well consider whatever conversation you are having a public conversation as well.
      I think it's total B.S. to think otherwise.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      WOW, that looks like sixties to EARLY 70s, and he has a car phone with rotary dial. What was the year, and who is he?

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Tickelo
    As I'm new here I just wanted to add a bit of hope to the privacy issue , whilst I own a website which I can't mention just yet , I also belong to a group that is working on putting an end to the total rot and corruption going on in every aspect of our lives . In the U.K we probably have more surveillance cameras , than anywhere , our phones etc monitor us as others have mentioned , the group anonymous are putting messages out to the Global elite warning them of the backlash to come . I sincerely hope that our group helps end the rot along with others out there . None of us are alone . The likes of google and other corporate monsters are being funded by these corrupt global elites . I personally have deleted all google related products from my computers etc and I don't use google search either , and deleted all my accounts on all google related products , I don't agree to allow them to nose around in my business.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    While I have no clue who you are or what you are up to -- if ending corruption is your goal, I sincerely wish you the best of success.

    I'm also thinking it's about time for the rest of us to say enough is enough and start deleting google from our lives until they get a clue that we don't appreciate their intrusion.

    There's just one thing about that........any marketer who makes money from using google or one of its aps is very unlikely to unhook. People are proving that they will allow corporations to violate every right they have for the sake of income. That's just the way it is. I don't know how you can get around that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author kda1
    Google, Facebook, myspace, weblogs, this forum....

    The greatest spy services ever invented by mankind. Take a look at the what the NSA's building in Utah- EVERY communication will/is be monitored and recorded.

    Utah's NSA spy center will house data, not analysts | Deseret News

    Friends don't let friends Google.

    Google is evil.

    Don't be evil.

    Scroogle.org is gone. But ixquick.com and Startpage.com are excellent and provide the same results as Google.
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  • Personally, I welcome our new overlords. They are very kind
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  • Profile picture of the author kiddoman
    The focus point is that we can not leave Google now.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by kiddoman View Post

      The focus point is that we can not leave Google now.
      Can't or won't? There's a lot of difference. We could ALL leave google right now today - and it would crush them. But everyone thinks they CAN'T.

      People are so screwed up spoiled anymore they don't understand the difference between "need" and "want" or "can't" and "won't". Until they learn the difference, they are livestock and may as well get used to be taken care of until they get to the stockyard for slaughter.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Sal, I think our generation can much easier than the younger generation.They "need" everything and the latest and greatest of it too.Who would have thought 15-20 years ago that kids/young adults would stand in lines for hours to buy a $600 cell phone? I can't conceive spending that kind of money one cell or any other type of phone.
    I don't think they will learn the difference.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      Sal, I think our generation can much easier than the younger generation.They "need" everything and the latest and greatest of it too.Who would have thought 15-20 years ago that kids/young adults would stand in lines for hours to buy a $600 cell phone? I can't conceive spending that kind of money one cell or any other type of phone.
      I don't think they will learn the difference.
      I think they will. I also think they will learn it watching others die who don't figure it out. I'm putting 10 bucks on 10 years for the survivors to figure it out real hard and thoroughly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
    You havent seen anything yet. Just wait till they start micro chipping us. Its too late they have far too much control and the people seem to love being controlled by the gov. More people should of spoken up years ago but instead too many jumped on the politically correct bandwagon and now look at us.
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    This topic thread is filled with great discussion and interesting perspectives. The issue of Internet Privacy (Google in particular) is obviously huge ... and it's probably not going to get any better.

    However . . . here is my two-cents worth on the issue. What I find to be kind of amusing is how wherever you go online (forums, social sites, etc.) people complain and whine about censorship - they think anything and everything should be allowed and if you suggest that an image or a word or a concept is inappropriate and should not be allowed in a particular group or site ... whoa, boy, do you get an ear full about it!

    . . . And then . . . and then many of the same people turn around and complain about Google (Internet) privacy!

    So, it seems to me that people are all for invading YOUR privacy and infringing on YOUR comfort space, but when it affects THEM, that's another story.

    (Just one perspective on the issue.)

    GT
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    It's hard to agree that Google is invading anyone's privacy when people are allowing Google to do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
      Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

      It's hard to agree that Google is invading anyone's privacy when people are allowing Google to do it.
      Would you PLEASE change that avatar...my train of thought keeps running off the tracks...
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    Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

    I'm really beginning to dislike their marketing tactics. If they hear a baby crying in the background, rest assured, you'll be blasted with diaper advertisements (?) Enough is enough.

    Google Patents Technology to Serve Ads Based on Background Noise | PCWorld Business Center

    Google Plans To Target Mobile Ads Using Background Noise | ITProPortal.com
    PLEASE don't give them ideas!!!!

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    I'd say mid-60s, too, judging by the steering column, dashboard and seat covers.

    He's wearing a suit ... AND his lap seat belt, so I'm guessing ... Government Man! (Or early Google investor).

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  • Profile picture of the author Viramara
    Darn, Google, now that's too much!!! *mad*. It's as if now they want to tap on other people's audible personal conversation? Who the hell are they now? CIA?

    I personally never turn on GPS in my mobile phone (Samsung, blackberry-like) even I have one, leave alone sync the Google Maps in it. I'm paranoid sometimes that Google or any 3rd party might detect my movement for malicious privacy invasion or something like that....is that stupid?
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    • Profile picture of the author waterotter
      Originally Posted by Viramara View Post

      Darn, Google, now that's too much!!! *mad*. It's as if now they want to tap on other people's audible personal conversation? Who the hell are they now? CIA?

      I personally never turn on GPS in my mobile phone (Samsung, blackberry-like) even I have one, leave alone sync the Google Maps in it. I'm paranoid sometimes that Google or any 3rd party might detect my movement for malicious privacy invasion or something like that....is that stupid?
      Here's some reading for you! Not sure if your phone has the "Carrier IQ" root kit installed or not. This is altogether different than the GPS function.

      CarrierIQ | Android Security Test
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