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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Mon 07-Jan-13 10:14:18
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Phorm


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A few years back, BT had decided to implement the Phorm software which would monitor and track an individuals browsing history and present ads to that user that might have been relevant.

There was an almighty uproar with various threats and potential legal action about invasion/loss of privacy. BT finally stepped down and withdrew.

Now we get Google doing exactly the same, but why has there not been the same level of complaints?


Thoughts ...


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 07-Jan-13 10:18:26
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Google was doing all this back in the day when Phorm was heavily on the agenda.

Google does cute graphics on its homepage and is seen as cute and cuddly

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Mon 07-Jan-13 10:20:10
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Because Phorm was an ISP doing deep packet inspection to obtain the information. Google are only using information you have knowingly and willingly given to them by asking them to find links it.

Edit - Chrome effects not known by me. If that does it, bad news!

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Mon 07-Jan-13 10:23:33
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In reply to a post by RobertoS:
Because Phorm was an ISP doing deep packet inspection to obtain the information. Google are only using information you have knowingly and willingly given to them by asking them to find links it.


And surprise, surprise, I have just had some more "asian bride" adverts appear. Co-incidence or based on my posts about them? And I have NEVER asked for any searches that could in any way be legitimately linked to that sort of site.


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Standard User gomezz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 07-Jan-13 10:25:00
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And yet people are surprised when I say I won't even touch an Android phone.

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Mon 07-Jan-13 10:26:44
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Coincidence. You imply that I have done such searches! I shall sue for defamation tongue.

By the way, I added a bit about Chrome that you may not have seen.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 07-Jan-13 10:53:26
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AdWords is NOT just about searches, it takes into account sites you have been to that are also part of the AdWords network.

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Standard User b4dger
(knowledge is power) Mon 07-Jan-13 13:02:27
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Google uses the Cookies set by the sites you have visited.

Don't forget you can always 'opt out':
www.google.com/ads/preferences

Standard User gomezz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 07-Jan-13 13:42:37
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Or ypu can *really* opt out

http://www.trishtech.com/internet/redirect_block_sit...

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Standard User Chrysalis
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 07-Jan-13 14:39:06
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google can never been seen as wrong it seems.

I have seen a few bloggers tho who have posted that they scared to criticise google because their income comes from google.

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