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Re: [newtech-1] Creepy Google Issue

From: Steve S.
Sent on: Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:41 PM


I alluded to the fact that we have separate accounts and I covered your second question in my original post. We do (or did up until this morning) share calendars.

I'm familiar with the quotes you referenced; however, I've made peace with giving up some of my privacy for convenience where applicable.

This issue is entirely different to me. I'm well aware of the situations and scenarios mentioned by others on this thread, it's nothing new nor surprising. Incorporating my wife's searches into my own account is entirely different. How Google is establishing a relationship between our individual accounts (that are not linked) is eerie.

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the implications of such behavior on the part of Google. Perhaps if I understood the mechanisms in play I could be more comfortable with the behavior or find ways to circumvent it. In this case I cannot sufficiently do either.

Steve Sebestyen

On Mar 17,[masked]:27 PM, "Mark Nyon" <[address removed]> wrote:
First, some questions; you and your wife were accessing Google from different accounts?

Also, do you share calendars with your wife?

Now, some statements; While I do love technology and the Internet. I do believe its approach to privacy as a whole was summed up by Scott McNeely's quote in 1999: The takeaway phrases are:

"You have zero privacy anyway,"

"Get over it."

I personally think that Facebook is creepier than Google as regards to privacy, and those companies are not alone, but like many other people, I struggle with my comfort level with that stance and how much information I'm giving up for these conveniences and features as a whole.


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