Guest Column: How to fight Google’s March 1 attack on your privacy

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.

It reports that Google, effective March 1, “changes its privacy policy to allow it to gather, store, and use personal information about its users,” effectively creating a dossier on you that exceeds anything the KGB, CIA, or Gestapo compiled on citizens in their heyday. The article explains how you can “stymie the web giant’s attempt to build a permanent profile of you that could include personal information, including age, gender and locality.” The headline reads, “How to delete your Google browsing history in three simple steps … before it’s too late.”

Popular alternative search engines include and 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–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

From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue

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