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By now, most of us in the US, the UK and Australia, plus many elsewhere in Europe, have got used to the fact that images of almost every house on every street are available online for all to see via the Street View facility in Google Maps.
But last week many were shocked to learn that while the advertising giant's camera-equipped cars were zipping past our front doors, they were not just collecting panoramic photos. Wi-Fi antennas on the cars were hunting down wireless computer networks, and equipment inside was recording the networks' names, locations and the unique MAC address of the routers supporting them.
The revelation has, not for the first time, prompted a wave of accusations that Google doesn't care about privacy anywhere near enough.
Google says it has collected the data in order to improve the accuracy with which smartphones can pinpoint their location on Google Maps, especially in city centres where GPS may be unreliable.
Originally posted by Violater1
I can't stand Google myself.
Originally posted by Violater1What are the alternatives?
Every time you use a regular search engine, your search data are recorded.
Your search terms, the time of your visit, the links you choose, your IP address and your User ID cookies all get stored in a database.
The identity profiles that can be constructed from this cloud of information represent modern day gold for marketers.
But government officials, hackers and even criminals also have an interest in getting their hands on your personal search data.
And sooner or later they will...
*You have a right to privacy.
*Your search data should never fall into the wrong hands.
*The only real solution is quickly deleting your data or not storing them to begin with.
*Since January 2009 we do not record our users' IP addresses anymore.
*We are the first and only search engine to do so.
Originally posted by fizzy1
So what if they lied about what they are doing.
Startpage has been registered with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) under number M 1346973. This Authority supervises the fair and lawful use and security of your personal data, to ensure your privacy today and in the future.