Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC
Google Google has updated its privacy policy - in fact, it has consolidated a mess of over 70 different privacy policies each covering an individual service into one, simpler policy. You'll now be treated as a single account, and data will be shared between Google services to make search results and ads more personalised (I assumed they already did that - makes sense).
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Consolidation of data
by ndrw on Fri 27th Jan 2012 06:31 UTC
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Push for consolidation of data is worrying. Our credit card number, emails, search results, films we watch are not that sensitive when considered alone. But when someone starts putting all the bits and pieces together he/she can get a fairly complete picture of ourselves.

That's exactly what Google (and many others) wants (and people don't, if they only knew the implications).

There is no perfect solutions available yet (Mozilla, are you sleeping?) but there are some tools that can help us break/weaken the links between various services.

One is a good cookie manager, unfortunately it's hard to find one. I'm using CookieCuller add-on for Firefox but I could imagine a better one (easier to use and more powerful).

Another is an identity/profile switcher. Multifox add-on is pretty good (especially the older 1.3 branch, which does a better job in keeping the profiles separate) but lately its development has stalled a bit.

A browser like Firefox, which has an ambition to promote openness on the web, should really have such tools built-in and well integrated with each other and the core of the browser. But I guess this isn't the topic their sponsors are the most interested in working on.

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