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Re: [newtech-1] Creepy Google Issue

From: Michael M.
Sent on: Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:28 PM
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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