Online Video Targets Google’s New “Chrome” Browser, Websites And Software Revealed
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog has created a You Tube video
showing how your computer could be having an unnoticed conversation
about you with Google. The nonprofit group has called on Google’s
founders and directors to adopt new privacy safeguards that allow for
anonymous internet and software use. Watch the video here and read the letter to Google’s founders here.
Perhaps the biggest threat to Google Inc.’s increasing dominance of Internet search and advertising is the rising fear, justified or not, that Google’s broadening reach is giving it unchecked power. "Google Suggest" sends Google searches as you type, in hopes of
anticipating your desires. So if you’re keying in "Electoral College
2008 election," Google will offer multiple search queries along the
way. First you’d be given results related to the term "electoral," then
ones on the Electoral College in general, and finally you’d get links
pertaining to Tuesday’s presidential vote. This is what worries
Consumer Watchdog: Say you key in something that could be embarrassing
or deeply personal, but reconsider before you press "Enter." The
autosuggest feature still sends this phrase to Google’s servers, tied
to your computer’s numeric Internet Protocol (IP) address.