Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Jul 2013 12:33 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
In the News "Internet users worried about their personal information being intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies should stop using websites that send data to the United States, Germany's top security official said Wednesday." Cute, but pointless. France does it too, as does the UK. Documents from the Dutch intelligence agencies indicate that they, too, are involved in mass surveillance, the extent of which will supposedly be investigated by parliament.
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RE[4]: Good luck with that....
by Alfman on Fri 5th Jul 2013 08:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good luck with that...."
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"Google isn't eaves-dropping on your communications - if you visit sites that 'trust' google to server up their version of jQuery or whatever you are indirectly 'trusting' Google."

Well, then arguably the NSA isn't eaves-dropping on your communications - if you use providers that 'trust' the NSA to install their hardware or whatever you are indirectly 'trusting' the NSA. Of course it's not exactly the same thing, but I hope you can appreciate the privacy concerns.

The privacy concerns really aren't limited to google, but they get so much attention due to their sheer size. I'm not sure you (and certainly not most people) realize how widespread google's network is. Of course they've got their bigger services like gmail, youtube, blogger. But they also have lesser known ad/tracking networks it bought including doubleclick, adscape, invite media, admob, etc to supplement it's own.

Edit: Back in 2012 google updated it's policy to implement more tracking across services:

Edited 2013-07-05 08:19 UTC

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