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Google Chrome Introduces Do Not Track 110

sfcrazy writes "Google has started rolling out the latest update to its Chrome browser which brings the 'do not track' option to users. With this move Google has joined major browsers who support this standard. Just like other browsers Google allows users to enable it."
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Google Chrome Introduces Do Not Track

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  • by noh8rz10 ( 2716597 ) on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @07:58PM (#41913709)
    does google mean "do not track" or "do not serve targeted ads (but still track)"? my understanding was they were saying the latter.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @08:07PM (#41913797)

    Cuz "Do Not Track" is a farce.

    Just ask Mark Zuckerburg. He's worth billions because FaceBook's technology is designed to slice and dice your online existence.

    And what about the gub'ment? You think they're gonna stop monitoring electronic communications just because Chrome gives you a feel-good button to click?

    No one cares that you want privacy. Just as Scott "Get Over IT" McNeally.

    At least he was honest about it.

  • by EmperorOfCanada ( 1332175 ) on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @08:31PM (#41914021)
    Most people don't want tracking because of scumbag marketers and data gathers; groups who are the least likely to follow the spirit of DNT. Yet for a website like mine []. I track one thing and that is your login. I am fairly certain that people who use my site are 100% happy with my tracking as then they don't log in over and over. I cookie this so that the next time you come back to check to see if new people are in your area you don't have to log in again. If you log out the cookie is killed.

    So it shouldn't be do not track but do not sell my data to data whoring scumbags.

    This where the law needs to get with the 21st century. I have a simple suggestion. That any organization or logical part of an organization cannot share your data without your written permission with anyone else on the planet. Thus the billing department for a company can't even share your contact info with the marketing department let alone any third party. Also they need to make obtaining this permission a separate document. They can't have a small section of a larger form forcing you to agree to this. Also agreement to sharing the data cannot be a condition to any other agreement. This way the phone company can't say you don't get an account without sharing data.

    The reason for this would be that with the push of a button a company can share millions of records with any dirtbag they feel like. So make it hard work to share data.

    I use different addresses (same location but mistakes that don't matter) for nearly every company I deal with so I can see who is selling my data. Nearly all of them are. They might argue that it is for my own benefit but if I don't want it then it isn't for my benefit but to my detriment.
  • by GodfatherofSoul ( 174979 ) on Wednesday November 07, 2012 @08:39PM (#41914093)

    Problems I've had with Google:

    1.) I use PicasaWeb a lot. The URLs have always been obfuscated so that your user name and real name don't show up (it's not my Slashdot user name btw). I did a google search for my real name and found out that Google had indexed my REAL name with my photo albums which showed up under any google search for me. My real name probably comes from using the Google payment service or my email display name. No attempts to alter my Google account name will change my real name as displayed by Google.

    2.) I had some emails on sensitive topic that I had a negligible internet footprint with otherwise. Shortly after, I was getting spammed with ads related to that issue through Google.

    3.) I had a separate YouTube account from my Google account. Google offered to share the logins of the two which I did not seeing the problem. Immediately, I started seeing people from my address book showing up under my YouTube profile pages and I'm sure that eventually they'll start seeing mine.

    4.) A minor issue, but part of my problem with Google TIA. I did a job search at home on my own time. While at work, I'm now spammed with career search links with my job search criteria.

    Yeah, I can just delete my account and log out of Google mail, but these are the type of problems I have with them.

  • by Todd Knarr ( 15451 ) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @02:58AM (#41916105) Homepage

    It's called "putting them on notice". Sure, they'll still track me. But they can't claim that they didn't know I didn't want to be tracked, or that there was some implicit consent because I didn't tell them I didn't want to be tracked. It's like the fence with the "No Trespassing" sign on it: it won't stop someone from trespassing, but they can't claim they didn't know and thought it was OK. That doesn't matter unless I want to take official or legal action against them, but if I do it's a very useful thing to have available.

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