I don't want to invoke conspiracy theories a la 1984/Big Brother, but how long until the esteemed Dept. Homeland Security is able to obtain this information. My guess is that they wouldn't even need a hint of improper activity, let alone a warrant, to follow you around the web. Think there is any chance of some retro-active governmental protection for the release of information on "suspect" individuals? How long before this information is used for purposes other than advertising/profit?
|And Google, the leading online advertiser, stated that it has begun using Internet tracking technology that enables it to more precisely follow Web-surfing behavior across affiliated sites. |
Just begun? LOL
Yeah, referring to the DoubleClick technology.
|And Google, the leading online advertiser |
Hire an editor! Google does virtually no advertising. They're they leading provider of advertising services.
While I'm normally a Google advocate, Google shouldn't be allowed to track users of other sites simply because they are considered affiliates (via AdSense and Analytics). I'm not sure if that's happening, but that's what I gathered from the reference to the DoubleClick technology.
User data should be kept between the user and the site they're visiting. A webmaster has every right to track how people are using his site (based on logs or other sources of analytics data), but said webmaster doesn't have the rights to his competitor's data.
And ISP's? Don't get me started; they don't have a right to ANYONE's data. They're just a carrier.
If Google collaborates the amount of data they have access to, they could pretty much follow the daily habits of every single internet user without using any ISP data.
I know they track what users are searching for, which link they click, which website they go to, how long they spend on each website, which youtube clips your watching, blogs you are blogging, and probably track you around every page of most websites from the huge use of adsense and analytics.
I feel that though Google would be very careful not allow there employees have access to this information, I'm sure a couple of top individuals at Google look at this information everyday.
[edited by: Seb7 at 7:38 pm (utc) on Aug. 28, 2008]
|Small Website Guy|
This is good news. Now everyone can get ads targeted with their exact type of favorite pornography!