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EU Concerned about Google's Privacy Practices



January 5th, 2008 22:09 pm | by Ed |

I just saw an AP story that says the EU is looking into Google's Privacy practices

Basically, they have a problem with the fact that Google uses cookies to track the searching habits of it's users and that they keep this information for quite a while. Google counters with self congratulatory statements about how they anonymize this information after 18 to 24 months.

I think that those server logs should be anonymized from the git-go. I also want to take a moment here to point out to users that they can get some privacy from Google by simply setting their web browser to delete cookies every time it shuts down. Firefox for example, makes this really easy to do. Another option is to use "Torpark", which is a portable, privacy maximized version of Firefox bundled with TOR to anonymize your web surfing.

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