Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 08:26 UTC
Internet & Networking "The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of 'restrictive' walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms." That governments - east and west - are trying to destroy the open web, that we know. As for Facebook and Apple... Well, all I know is that it is completely and utterly impossible to check what information Apple has about you. Unlike Google (more here) and to a lesser degree Facebook, Apple provides zero means to see, export, or delete the information they have on you, associated with your Apple ID or otherwise. In 2012, that's just sinister.
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"To try out My Search History, you have to sign into Google Accounts (you've already got one if you're a Gmail, Froogle or Google Groups user) and search away. To disable My Search History, just log out and search as usual. Am I scared that someday all-powerful Google will know what color underwear I have on? To some degree, yes. But I'll happily get the stuff I need from the web as fast and easy as I can until then."

This is from April 2005. I'm not sure when exactly was the begining of my webhistory from google's dashboard but this is probably around it.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

That article is incomplete. To actually be using the feature back then, you had to go to Google Labs and specifically enable it. It was a Labs feature.

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maccouch Member since:

maybe, i can't be sure. I started using google products somewhere in 2004/2005 but i remember seeing google searches from my university final project (late 2005 and most of 2006) in the google dashboards so somewhere in this timeframe i can surely say that they were already recording my search history.

And i can surely say to you that i didn't went to google labs to activate "history recording" from google. So either it was in some innocent looking option that i didn't pay attention to or since 2006 it was enabled by default as the 2006 article i linked mentioned and that could account for me seeing my univ project searches.

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