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Re: [newtech-1] Creepy Google Issue

From: Steve S.
Sent on: Sunday, March 17, 2013 6:55 PM
My wife uses a Droid Bionic and I use the Samsung GS3.  She was on Google's search site using the stock browser.  We are not on a shared plan (mine is paid for by my company, hers is personal).  The local search was done in Stamford, CT.
As far as my activity during her search(es), there was none.  My phone was idle (I was actually reading) while she ran her searches.  I use Chrome on my GS3 and since it's integrated into the OS it's always logged in.
I wasn't able to reply earlier as I've been out doing things.  I just returned home a short while ago and attempted to recreate the issue.  I was able to do so repeatedly.  Using my wife's phone I searched for a nearby high school, supermarket and landmark.  All of her searches ended up in my Google Now window as mapped destinations.... I don't like that one bit.  I ran a few searches with both of our phones on our home WiFi.  I then ran another series of similar but different searches on her phone while it was disconnected from our WiFi AP.  That eliminates our cable modems shared IP as the vector.
I'm left with a lot of questions still.
If anyone else can recreate this and comment that would be appreciated.  Considering how 'disconnected' my wife is from the social web I'm curious as to how and why Google is linking her behavior to my account.

Steve Sebestyen

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM, Ivete <[address removed]> wrote:
I'm having a hard time accepting that this happened based on your description of two gmail accounts that are only casually linked (by sharing a calendar and emailing each other). If that were the cause, I would expect to see all kinds of weird stuf every time i use Google products, because of my equally-casual connection with several other gmail users. And I definitely dont' see stuff like that.

Were you able to replicate the behavior? 

I'd love to see if I can replicate it myself, so asking more detailed questions of your setup inline:

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.

What kind of phone? What app was search done in? 

Five minutes later I launched Google Now for stock updates and what do I see?

I assume this was on your phone, not hers, and it's a modern Android. (please correct if I'm wrong) Are you on a shared plan with her phone?

I then followed up with a search. As I began the query with our local town it auto-completed it with mall hours.

What is the small town's name? (just want to try googling it as me and see what the auto-complete is) 

Were you still on your phone at this point? If not, what browser were you in and if it was chrome, were you logged into your gmail account?

Ivete Tecedor

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