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[liberationtech] Creepy Google Issue
xek3149 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 17 10:33:06 PDT 2013
Yes. I've done fresh installs, began a search using google, and received
results that suggest my searches on other computers. This has happened in
the suggested videos on youtube also. IP address is the only connection
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On Mar 17, 2013 12:09 PM, "Yosem Companys" <companys at stanford.edu> wrote:
> From: Steve Sebestyen <speed50 at gmail.com>
> Considering a similar thread I saw this morning regarding Google I'd like
> to ping the group to share a creepy experience and see if perhaps others
> have had a similar experience.
> This morning my wife grabbed her phone to do a search for activities at
> Chelsea Piers. She followed that up with another inquiry for hours at a
> local mall. Five minutes later I launched Google Now for stock updates and
> what do I see? At the top of the Google Now window was a map and
> approximate time to Chelsea Piers. I was pretty astonished that Google had
> linked my wife's search to me somehow. Our accounts are only linked via
> Google Calendar but no event was created by her.
> I then followed up with a search. As I began the query with our local town
> it auto-completed it with mall hours. The very same query my wife ran. That
> was too much for my comfort.
> I've unlinked our accounts in every way I can think of barring a complete
> deletion of my account.
> The only other vector I can imagine Google uses to provide such creepy
> behavior is that both of our phones were connected to our WiFi AP and
> therefore share a common external IP. Still, for me that's too much of a
> 'seamless experience'.
> Has anyone experienced anything like this?
> Steve Sebestyen
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