Google’s new program to track shoppers sparks a federal privacy complaint

 

This will likely piss many off

A prominent privacy rights watchdog is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a new Google advertising program that ties consumers’ online behavior to their purchases in brick-and-mortar stores.

The legal complaint from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, to be filed with the FTC on Monday, alleges that Google is newly gaining access to a trove of highly sensitive information -- the credit and debit card purchase records of the majority of U.S. consumers -- without revealing how they got the information or giving consumers meaningful ways to opt out. Moreover, the group claims that the search giant is relying on a secretive technical method to protect the data -- a method that should be audited by outsiders and is likely vulnerable to hacks or other data breaches.

Prease to read more here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-switch/wp/20...

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That's new for Google?

Don't think so.

Google is a monster

I advertised with them and stopped when I didn't need it anymore.. they call hundreds of times and hundreds more a year trying to have me relist. Can't block them they call with a different number everytime.. and they leave a message that I have to delete..

I love privacy advocates.

I love privacy advocates. Are you one? have you googled yourself to find all the information YOU have posted on the net for all to see?

People love social media and post more traceable info on the net than Google collects. Then complain like hell about privacy matters - go figure.

Yup...

ruggb wrote:

I love privacy advocates. Are you one? have you googled yourself to find all the information YOU have posted on the net for all to see?

People love social media and post more traceable info on the net than Google collects. Then complain like hell about privacy matters - go figure.

actually, it's pretty hard to dig much up about me for a lot of reasons..

I don't consider this social media but I suspect it is, no photo's of me anywhere, yeah, I know about buying things online and all the rest... but my cyber foot print is fairly small... thank goodness... but that's me

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lol

BarneyBadass wrote:

... but my cyber foot print is fairly small...

Your foot print is far larger than you realize. Don't kid yourself for a second. Right down to your name, address, and all the gory details. grin

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Privacy advocates

ruggb wrote:

I love privacy advocates...

And so you should - although I get the impression you don't have any idea why.

Actually....

Juggernaut wrote:
BarneyBadass wrote:

... but my cyber foot print is fairly small...

Your foot print is far larger than you realize. Don't kid yourself for a second. Right down to your name, address, and all the gory details. grin

It's likely my fat arse that's larger than I realize... I need side mirrors to see behind me razz

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No Social Media

ruggb wrote:

I love privacy advocates. Are you one? have you googled yourself to find all the information YOU have posted on the net for all to see?

People love social media and post more traceable info on the net than Google collects. Then complain like hell about privacy matters - go figure.

While I do participate in a couple of online forums I don't have a FB account or anything of that sort. I know there is a ton of info available on me online but can't do much about it so I ignore the issue.

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most places that want an email address...

thrak wrote:
ruggb wrote:

I love privacy advocates. Are you one? have you googled yourself to find all the information YOU have posted on the net for all to see?

People love social media and post more traceable info on the net than Google collects. Then complain like hell about privacy matters - go figure.

While I do participate in a couple of online forums I don't have a FB account or anything of that sort. I know there is a ton of info available on me online but can't do much about it so I ignore the issue.

When someplace asks for an email address during the registration process... I frequently stop the registration process, go to the public library, continue the registration process and give them an email address at http://www.mailcatch.com

it's a disposable email account... meaning it's only good for about that long... and then it's questionable..

so I go to mailcatch.com create an account
fill out the registrations
respond through mailcatch

and off I go...

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Never argue with a pig. It makes you look foolish and it anoys the hell out of the pig!

??

Download the TOR browser, and then login to your throw-away email account online.

Easier than a trip to the library. wink

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BarneyBadass wrote:

When someplace asks for an email address during the registration process... I frequently stop the registration process, go to the public library, continue the registration process and give them an email address at http://www.mailcatch.com

it's a disposable email account... meaning it's only good for about that long... and then it's questionable..

so I go to mailcatch.com create an account
fill out the registrations
respond through mailcatch

and off I go...

My favorite:
10minutemail.com

Email address is good for 10 minutes only but you can extend it beyond 10 minutes (if you wish to do so) before it expires.

We long ago decided Facebook and such were evil

Not saying we don't have a footprint somewhere, but its a light footprint!

You don't have to do ANYTHING online

and you'll still have a significant footprint. Others put it out there for you. Neither of my parents ever even used a computer, never mind had an email account or anything. Now, years after their passing and doing genealogy work, I'm amazed how much is out there. And that's just what I can find that's "in the open". Can't help but wonder who has what in private databases. Vendors, banks, CC companies, insurance companies, medical providers, local and federal government,...

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I'm not on Facebook

Never have been, never will. If you search by my nickname, there's literally hundreds of references to me (mainly because one of my best friends is an avid photographer), but I have zero control over what OTHERs do 'on my behalf'...

I'm lucky I have a really common name. In my youth, I had to go to traffic court for outstanding ticket(s) of some sort. They pulled up my abstract for only Long Island in New York State, and hundreds of records for dozens of fellas with my name came screaming out of the printer. After I checked my shorts, I asked if she could use my middle initial as well. Out came one. wink Whew!

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that was a rhetorical

ruggb wrote:

I love privacy advocates...

And so you should - although I get the impression you don't have any idea why.

that was a rhetorical statement. I love them because they are hypocrites. They think nothing of doing it to themselves and blame everyone else for any trouble that may occur.

Thanks for the link

BarneyBadass wrote:
thrak wrote:
ruggb wrote:

I love privacy advocates. Are you one? have you googled yourself to find all the that long... and then it's questionable..

so I go to mailcatch.com create an account
fill out the registrations
respond through mailcatch information YOU have posted on the net for all to see?

People love social media and post more traceable info on the net than Google collects. Then complain like hell about privacy matters - go figure.

While I do participate in a couple of online forums I don't have a FB account or anything of that sort. I know there is a ton of info available on me online but can't do much about it so I ignore the issue.

That's a handy link

When someplace asks for an email address during the registration process... I frequently stop the registration process, go to the public library, continue the registration process and give them an email address at http://www.mailcatch.com

it's a disposable email account... meaning it's only good for about

and off I go...

Big Brother sometimes realize what is wrong

Big companies are sneaky & have government ignoring our warnings.

Just wondering

How many people here now use the cell phone to pay electronically for merchandise in various stores?

What a way to leave yourself open to anything.

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yep

Juggernaut wrote:

Download the TOR browser, and then login to your throw-away email account online.

Easier than a trip to the library. wink

two thumps up

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