Re: [newtech-1] Creepy Google Issue

From: Steve S.
Sent on: Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:59 PM


Google knowing I'm married isn't surprising. Google implying to whom I'm married to does. My wife is tech illiterate and has virtually no social media presence. If she had a G+ profile with me listed as her spouse I could see the connection but she doesn't. We're not listed on any social media network as being married to each other. Therefore, if Google is making that connection it's implied.

Nothing you've mentioned is new to me and I understand it just fine.

I'm just stumped how this particular behavior is accomplished. What if the scenario were different? What if instead my friend did the search for Chelsea Piers but Google assumed I wanted to go for some reason and provided me with that mapping info or his search query? How that's done doesn't interest you? Can you explain how that's accomplished?

I certainly can't but would sure like to know.

Steve Sebestyen

On Mar 17,[masked]:32 PM, "Michael Mellinger" <[address removed]> wrote:
I'm don't get why you think it's a big deal that Google knows that you're married and to whom you are married.  It's 2013.  Do you think that they just have a graph of all the web sites and how they're connected?  Did you miss the entire idea of the social network?  Google probably has a Gmail graph too.  We're all connected in their database. :-)

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM, Steve Sebestyen <[address removed]> wrote:

Considering a similar thread I saw this morning regarding Google I'd like to ping the group to share a creepy experience and see if perhaps others have had a similar experience.

This morning my wife grabbed her phone to do a search for activities at Chelsea Piers. She followed that up with another inquiry for hours at a local mall. Five minutes later I launched Google Now for stock updates and what do I see? At the top of the Google Now window was a map and approximate time to Chelsea Piers. I was pretty astonished that Google had linked my wife's search to me somehow. Our accounts are only linked via Google Calendar but no event was created by her.

I then followed up with a search. As I began the query with our local town it auto-completed it with mall hours. The very same query my wife ran. That was too much for my comfort.

I've unlinked our accounts in every way I can think of barring a complete deletion of my account.

The only other vector I can imagine Google uses to provide such creepy behavior is that both of our phones were connected to our WiFi AP and therefore share a common external IP. Still, for me that's too much of a 'seamless experience'.

Has anyone experienced anything like this?

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