Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Oct 2013 23:39 UTC
Google

Dick move extraordinaire by Google.

On Friday, Google announced an update to its terms of service that allows the company to include adult users' names, photos and comments in ads shown across the Web, based on ratings, reviews and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like YouTube.

When the new ad policy goes live Nov. 11, Google will be able to show what the company calls shared endorsements on Google sites and across the Web, on the more than two million sites in Google's display advertising network, which are viewed by an estimated one billion people.

If a user follows a bakery on Google Plus or gives an album four stars on the Google Play music service, for instance, that person's name, photo and endorsement could show up in ads for that bakery or album.

Luckily, we have an opt-out. Go to this page, remove the checkmark at the bottom of the page, and done - Google won't be abusing your personal information for endorsements.

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RE[7]: I remember a time...
by WorknMan on Sat 12th Oct 2013 19:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: I remember a time..."
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I use flash block, so they were not able to identify any system fonts. They were, however, able to detect my resolution, which is really non-standard. Assuming they were able to combine my weird resolution, my IP, and wahtever else they have, would their systems be intelligent enough to combine the information from two different browsers? Or would they even bother?

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RE[8]: I remember a time...
by WereCatf on Sat 12th Oct 2013 19:22 in reply to "RE[7]: I remember a time..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Assuming they were able to combine my weird resolution, my IP, and wahtever else they have, would their systems be intelligent enough to combine the information from two different browsers? Or would they even bother?


It's not much work to just combine such things and then eliminate the bits from those who differ from them and it's completely automated, of course. Basically you're eliminating people from a set based on what you know and then you calculate the probability -- not terribly complicated stuff, you only need a large data set.

Just using two different browsers most likely ain't enough since your system is still leaking a lot of other details. It reduces the possibility of them linking you to the other browser a lot, but it is still possible.

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RE[9]: I remember a time...
by Soulbender on Sun 13th Oct 2013 14:52 in reply to "RE[8]: I remember a time..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Here;s a question though: how do you track *us*, as in the person?
I mean, I'm not overly concerned about vague tracking like "some person in the area of SomePlace went to these sites and it was the same someone that visited yesterday too".

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