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Re: [newtech-1] Creepy Google Issue

From: Cynthia S.
Sent on: Sunday, March 17, 2013 6:22 PM
Also, remember the truism: if you're not paying to use a service, YOU are the product.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and even Amazon & EBay all sell our data. It's "anonymized", but the RTB and DSP companies have very very smart data scientists peeking behind our veils. 

These are a few of the reasons I left the digital marketing world. 

On Sunday, March 17, 2013, Cynthia Schames wrote:
Actually, that's not an opinion, it's a fact. There are entire multi-billion dollar industries out there built on doing just that. It's called (among other things) retargeting, real time bidding, third-party-cookies, etc.

If you (generic you) really don't want to be targeted in digital advertising, read up on and lock down your Google & Facebook privacy settings, and shut off your browser cookies at the browser setting level.  It won't get you 100% of the way there but it will help.


On Sunday, March 17, 2013, rburton wrote:
Steve, expect this sort of behavior. There are people on the list that tend to read up until a point where they find something to troll about and purposely stop reading.

I'm of the opinion that there's a lot of these large companies working together to share information because it's profitable. e.g., Google, Facebook and Amazon

It scared me to see my Facebook ad's changing based upon my Google searches and even more scarier to see YouTube and other Google specific ads change to searches I done within Amazon.

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM, Steve Sebestyen <[address removed]> wrote:

Did you seriously READ the entire thread? I suspect not but thanks for participating.

Steve Sebestyen

On Mar 17,[masked]:45 PM, "Chris Vitale" <[address removed]> wrote:
I goto google to search. I get results from google, but I'm surprised google knows I searched?? 

Is this seriously a surprise????

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 17, 2013, at 1:35 PM, "Joshua S. Freeman" <[address removed]> wrote:

Ghostery browser plugin is, i think, a useful tool with regards to the issues being discussed in this thread. 

Best wishes,

On Mar 17, 2013, at 1:25 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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