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Google and your information

Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:14 am
by Niner Alpha
Google has gotten to the point that it can technically know a lot of things about you from your internet history and keep it all in a file with your name on it. It was enhanced by their purchase of a company called DoubleClick.

https://www.propublica.org/article/goog ... b-tracking

The practical result of the change is that the DoubleClick ads that follow people around on the web may now be customized to them based on your name and other information Google knows about you. It also means that Google could now, if it wished to, build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct.

The move is a sea change for Google and a further blow to the online ad industry’s longstanding contention that web tracking is mostly anonymous. In recent years, Facebook, offline data brokers and others have increasingly sought to combine their troves of web tracking data with people’s real names. But until this summer, Google held the line.