By John Gile
Author, Editor, Journalist, Publisher
Ethically challenged Google executives are initiating privacy changes effective at midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 29, that will make your search history and other personal information widely available in ways you may not want. The link below is to a newspaper article that explains what Google is doing and how you can protect yourself.
Popular alternative search engines include http://bing.com and http://search.yahoo.com. One respondent to Google’s privacy change wrote, “My home page is now Yahoo, and my search engine will not be Google if I can avoid it. Google has grown too big for their own boots. They need to realize they are NOT the world government, however rich they are.”
More information, including how to delete your browsing history in three easy steps, is available at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2105435/Three-simple-steps-delete-Google–browsing-history-late.html.
An outline of Google’s controversial behavior vis-a-vis “misuse and manipulation of search results, its use of others’ intellectual property, concerns that its compilation of data may violate people’s privacy, censorship of search results and content, and the energy consumption of its servers as well as concerns over traditional business issues such as antitrust, monopoly, and restraint of trade” is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Google.
From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue