A good idea or not?
I see some looking at downloading DuckDuckGo as an alternative browser, which provides some interesting insights into information sharing as well.
There maybe others - which do not automatically sell ones data to third parties.
I'll be a contrarian - I like Google/Alphabet, and I think that they've changed the world in a mostly good way.
Try a little experiment, download yourself a copy of "DuckDuck", then run your browsing via this application and see how much tracking Google, Facebook and many others subject you and many others too.
Is this what you signed up for? Did anyone actually read the Terms of Agreement or EULA?
I would like to see what you think and others?
To be honest, I really don't care that much if they track me. They'll see I like Cracklin Oat Bran cereal, like to play golf, etc... It's all in the name of revenue generation, and if they know I like home theater I may even get an advertisement for something I can use.
Perhaps it's a cultural thing with being a USA citizen. I don't think we have the same passion for privacy as our European brothers & sisters.
If you need proof, just look at social media and see what we post out there. (PS - I have a friend in the UK that posted every ugly, sad step of his divorce)
And, yeah, I've tried Duck, Duck Go. I admire their passion and support their work. But to me, Google provides the best search results and I do love Gmail....
@DHerrmannI agree, as a set of tools it is excellent and provides a great means of obtaining information and links via the myriad of the data lake within the Internet.
However, I guess this stems from the original premise that in USA - unless you opted out - all your data was tracked by default. Whereas in Europe, you had to opt in to have all your data collected.
There are benefits and disadvantages to both lines of thought or approach.
Given the complexity, inter-connectivity intrinsically built into almost all household or organisational devices via firmware and some who accept it and others are not sure i.e. IoT.
Is it our lot to state privacy is open, and users should just forget it as being part and parcel of the technology march, which is occurring or should we study the implications? Or should we be aware of the ramifications, with open eyes rather than thinking PII is in the hands of the holder i.e. patient and they should have control of who, what, where it goes? Or should the healthcare providers have full access along with the insurance brokers?
Because with the advent of data analysis, machine learning and "augmented intelligence" all sorts of patterns can be derived through shopping habits for instance. Which then feeds back the findings in the form of customised advertising for the individual walking the isle of the supermarket.
What kind of world do we actually want for our kids to grow up in?
@rslade - I loved your post. I grew up 5 miles from Niagara (Tonawanda, NY), and I sure recognize the differences. To tell the truth, I do love how Canada does things.
Spent a week out on Cape Breton in 2002. Drove up from Philly. Ended up being the most relaxing vacation I've ever taken, I think in large part to the exact things you note.
Back to Google - I consider my information to be the price I pay for the services rendered. But I lead a pretty boring life, and I'm > 50 years old, so no advertisers really care about me (unless they're pharma, but thank goodness, I don't need to shop for 98% of what they're selling).
But there was that AARP ad on Facebook that got me thinking... ( )