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11 October 2008 @ 11:57 pm
"Do no evil" is just an anagram of "oh no devil"  
Courtesy of theshapka, I bring you Scroogle, a web service that disguises the Internet address of users who want to run Google searches anonymously.

Google Watcher Daniel Brandt designed the tool to filter searches through his servers before going to Google. Brandt explains,
Not only does Google scrape much of the web, but they keep records of who searches for what. If information about your searching is accessible by cookie ID or by your IP address, it is subject to subpoena. This is a violation of your privacy. Someday Google's data retention practices will be regulated, because Google is too arrogant to do the right thing voluntarily. In the meantime, you should not be leaving your fingerprints in Google's databases.
For anyone concerned about employer monitoring or service provider profiling, Scroogle also offers SSL encryption for all communication between their computer and the search page.

Google quite literally sold out to China, and that's a really, really good reason not to let them fulfill their publicly stated goal of knowing everything there is to know on Earth. No entity should have power.
musashi270musashi270 on October 12th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
Google's goals are laudable in some ways, like any child with web access could look at a book in a library in a country they will never visit. OTOH, when it comes back around to infinite storage of someone's web searches out of context, that is just ridiculous, venal, and with the growth rate of Google, somewhat alarming.
Jacquelyn: fingerpointingantarcticlust on October 12th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'm usually not this paranoid, but I can't help but predict that Google is going to slowly start buying additions to its information empire. Google seems so benign, but has a phenomenal power, and that's a scary combination if you take things to their logical conclusion.
Blozorblozor on October 12th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, no image search? Sucks.
Mattie Campanarmyofcamp on October 13th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
The thing is, Google is staffed by the very same people who worry about this stuff. I personally don't care, I expect everything I've ever done on the internet to be found.
musashi270musashi270 on October 14th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
I personally don't care, I expect everything I've ever done on the internet to be found.

I see your point and agree with you to a point. That said, do you leave your house and car doors unlocked as well?
Mattie Campanarmyofcamp on October 16th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Apples and oranges. I don't google my own SSN. I mean that the internet is public domain. It's a 0s and 1s equivalent of a town square. If you looked at porn in the middle of a piazza, do you expect that a few people would look, stare, point etc? Privacy ends as soon as you connect to someone else's server. If someone breaks onto your computer, that's wrong. But if someone looks at where you've been, that's not. It's the same as if I followed you around during the day and watched what stores you went into. You may not like it, but legally, there's fuck all you can do about it.

Also, having firsthad experience with the government and their organizational structure, I have never ONCE been scared that the government is spying on even .01% of the population to the extent of monitoring internet searches. Ever.
musashi270musashi270 on October 17th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Ok, well taken; I see more of what you meant. I do think you are too kind to them with the idiocy defense.
lagizmalagizma on October 17th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
The thing is, Google is staffed by the very same people who worry about this stuff.

True dat. But power corrupts, so we all do the world a favor by remaining skeptical.