By Rowan Wolf
On March 1, 2012, Google is implementing its new (good-bye) privacy standards. Not like there was a ton of protection there to start with, but it is evaporating. There are three pieces from Electronic Frontier Foundation that I encourage people to read and follow.
At this point there is no convenient way to address this. The recommendation is to use different accounts and different browsers, and the use the Data Liberation Tool.
The final article is Six Tips to Protect Your Search Privacy . As noted in the article, some of the steps are easy and some are not. Below are the steps, but the instructions are contained within the article.
1. Don’t put personally identifying information in your search terms (easy)
2. Don’t use your ISP’s search engine (easy)
3. Don’t login to your search engine or related tools (intermediate)
4. Block “cookies” from your search engine (intermediate)
5. Vary your IP address (intermediate)
6. Use web proxies and anonymizing software like Tor (advanced)
If you are shaking your head at how cumbersome all of this sounds, then thank Google for changing the rules.
Thank you to the Electronic Frontier Foundation!