Sgt_Kickaxe - 11:22 am on Mar 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm all for receiving more information with fewer redirects so I like this change, it makes sense.
What the H is that really all about?!
Unfortunately you're probably right, there are other reasons, so ask yourself who else within G will benefit from this?
Perhaps not picking up referrer data was even a problem for G and their tracking efforts. I doubt it but there are so many different layers and departments within G (and other non-G agencies) that one or more of them may have made the request. It's not a small change in practice.
Does it create any security concerns?
Does it make it easier to track users?
Does it make it easier to sell users data?
Those are what I want to know, otherwise the move seems to be what they say it is.