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# 251378 22-Jun-2019 13:48
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Here is an interesting "Consumer Tech Review" from The Washington Post.

 

The Washington Post - Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.

 

By Geoffrey A. Fowler*

 

June 21 at 8:00 AM

 

 

Our latest privacy experiment found Chrome ushered more than 11,000 tracker cookies into our browser - in a single week. Here’s why Firefox is better.

 

You open your browser to look at the Web. Do you know who is looking back at you?

 

Over a recent week of Web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my browser to let ad and data companies ride shotgun while I clicked around the Web.

 

This was made possible by the Web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. Seen from the inside, its Chrome browser looks a lot like surveillance software.

 

Lately I’ve been investigating the secret life of my data, running experiments to see what technology really gets up to under the cover of privacy policies that nobody reads. It turns out, having the world’s biggest advertising company make the most popular Web browser was about as smart as letting kids run a candy shop.

 

Chrome welcomed trackers even at websites you would think would be private. I watched Aetna and the Federal Student Aid website set cookies for Facebook and Google. They surreptitiously told the data giants every time I pulled up the insurance and loan service’s log-in pages.

 

And that’s not the half of it.

 

Look in the upper right corner of your Chrome browser. See a picture or a name in the circle? If so, you’re logged in to the browser, and Google might be tapping into your Web activity to target ads. Don’t recall signing in? I didn’t, either. Chrome recently started doing that automatically when you use Gmail.

 



 

* Geoffrey A. Fowler is The Washington Post’s technology columnist based in San Francisco. He joined The Post in 2017 after 16 years with the Wall Street Journal writing about consumer technology, Silicon Valley, national affairs and China.

 

 

 

[Mod edit (MF): please do not copy entire articles]

 

 





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  # 2262784 23-Jun-2019 09:53
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/113704282/google-tracks-us-like-the-webs-biggest-snoop-so-i-ditched-chrome

 

 

 

Heres the article along with an amusing video that would get the message through to a non techie


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