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Dvorak Uncensored A great and entertaining blog. Add to Technorati Favorites. Become a Fan. True enough. The book sounds very detailed. Conti explains that the privacy issue via the use of Google Maps is that it combines disclosure risks of search and connects it to mapping.
You are now sharing geographic locations and the associated interactions.
By clicking on a link in a Google map, the user discloses and strengthens the link between the search they performed and what they deemed as important in the result. By aggregating source IP addresses and destinations searches, Google can easily ascertain confidential data.
Googling Security: How Much Does Google Know About You?
After detailing over pages of the risks of Google and related services, Chapter 9 is about countermeasures. Short of simply not using the services, the book notes that there is no clear solution for protecting yourself and company from web-based information disclosure. Nonetheless, the chapter lists a number of things that can be done to reduce the threat.
Some are easier, some are harder; but they can ultimately add up to a significant layer of protection.
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Chapter 9 details 11 specific steps that help users appreciate the magnitude of their disclosures and make informed decisions about which search services to use. An important point that the book makes is that small information disclosures are not truly small when they are aggregated over the course of years. Advances in data mining and artificial intelligence are magnifying the importance of the threat, all under the guise of improving the end-user experience. The book emphasizes the need to evaluate the short-term computing gains with the long-term privacy losses.
As to the underlying question, "how much does Google know about you?
The risks that Google and other search engines present are of great consequence and can't be overlooked. If not, privacy could slowly be a thing of the past. By Andrea Little Limbago on May 08, Manage Email Preferences. All Rights Reserved.