Google Agrees to Forget.
Applies to Europeans only, and only to their local country searches. The last three paragraphs are worth reproducing:
“And, interestingly, one of the most powerful voices calling for a reassessment of the power of the internet giants over our personal data has been an American writer. In his novel The Circle Dave Eggers paints a dystopian future where a brilliant technology firm -The Circle- persuades the world that the more information we all share, the better our lives will be.
“Tiny online video cameras allow the world to see and hear what is happening anywhere in real time, politicians are persuaded to go “transparent”, so that every word they say in private becomes public. At a public meeting, three slogans on a screen sum up The Circle’s philosophy —
‘Secrets are Lies. Sharing is Caring. Privacy is Theft.’
“Now of course this is just a novel – and The Circle is not Google. But American web superpowers, from Amazon to Facebook to Twitter, have acquired enormous power over our online lives, and those who have worried about that have often been told that resistance is pointless in a web with no borders. So today’s move by Google is some evidence that if society decides it isn’t happy with the idea that privacy is theft, it can do something about it.”
“Secrets are Lies. Sharing is Caring. Privacy is Theft.”
… Remind you of anything?
We’ve all heard of teenage girls and boys being cyber-bullied to the point of suicide. These attacks will follow kids to every job application, every romantic engagement, new neighborhood, loan application, and so on. This is not even considering the mistakes we all make in the process of life, which are irreversibly available to anyone interested, online. I feel sorry for the kids now, who have no idea what this all will mean for them.
Personally, I was indoctrinated in security by the job I did in the Air Force. I’ve done everything through TOR for the past year or so, meaning browsing, email, IRC, and so on. Everything. Few are so careful.
Remember, G**gle keeps everything, forever. I’ve seen G**gle search histories recounted by IP which are then easily connected to a name. It’s amazing what you can accurately conclude about someone’s personality, tastes, fears, just from their searches alone. Check this. Even if you don’t log in, it’s just a fact that they still have all your searches by IP address. Remember, if you are not paying for a product, you –are– the product. I’ve always used IXQuick instead. And for pastebin, Pastee.
Why should you care if, as G**gle’s Eric Schmidt said, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place“?
Because, as Schnier said, “If we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that –either now or in the uncertain future– patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.,'after' => '') )