reply to post by XeroOne
Usually it's not the NSA you have to worry about, but the people who actually will use your information against you, like criminals, insurance firms,
believe me, if I was doing anything nefarious, it wouldn't be tracked back to me. There are various means of doing so, encryption being one,
proxies, hacked wifi and a spoofed mac address make you basically invisible.
But, lets think about the data they are actually collecting. Bank info? Nope, that's on a secure encrypted platform. Email? other than my throw
away spam account, nothing to be gleaned from stealing my mails. Search history? Again, plenty of ways to ensure that's not being tracked without
using a third party. Medical history? There is no way they can get that data from my browsing.
When talking google and actual companies, it's marketing, plain and simple, they want data on the heard, and we're the heard. You aren't
important, in fact, as an individual you are useless, but as a demographic, you are important to them. They aren't tracking Joe Blow directly, they
are tracking 30ish males, etc etc.
And for all the hating you guys do on google, they are pretty damn open about their data policies and as such are extremely open about government
requests for data. I'm not worried about that type of tracking, it's easy to negate, and in the end, is mostly useless information that in the end
only serves to serve targeted advertising.
NSA style spying is something completely different, and if they have their way, any means of circumventing it will become illegal. There was talk a
few years back about either the NSA or CIA trying to pressure the computer industry into making one standardized encryption system, to which the Feds
would have the key. We fought and pushed back and they backed down. They are talking about it again. I don't think we can stop them this time.
here's something to ponder. If a site is hosted in the US it's subjected to US laws. In some cases even if the site isn't hosted in the US but
serves the US, it's subjected to US laws. An HONEST proxy site will tell you, if they are hosted in the US, you are not safe, they would have to
retain and hand over your data if asked. I'm talking sites you pay to access to hide your tracks, can't hide you if the US asks for the data.
Where is startpage hosted? Who actually owns this company? Has anyone done anything other than hear about it and start using it?
P.S. it's really bugging me. Startpage is a website, not a browser. Gawd