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[liberationtech] Is Google correlating people to their exit nodes every half an hour?

carlo von lynX lynX at time.to.get.psyced.org
Mon May 12 10:18:11 PDT 2014


On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 03:12:06PM +0200, Fabian Keil wrote:
> Please have a look at:
> http://www.privoxy.org/user-manual/contact.html

pebcak, problem solved.

> A definition of "p0wned by google" would be great, too.

In the case of privoxy it was a joke related to my pebcak.

In the case of Chromium.. well.. you know it

In the case of Mozilla.. I just mention this habit of
checking "safebrowsing.google.com" every half an hour,
correlating a user's IP or exit node with her Google cookie.

I know that 0.0001% of the population are aware of being
spied upon by safebrowsing.google.com and capable of
turning it off.

And I know there are tons of people who think
safebrowsing.google.com is an important service that
Google could in no way make available anonymously
because.. OMG.. then it wouldn't make money with it!!

And it wouldn't make Uncle Sam satisfied.

(Yes of course "safebrowsing" could be architected
 in a way that the data is distributed anonymously
 and in respect of privacy, much like the mirror
 networks of linux distributions for example)

I presume safebrowsing.google.com isn't the only
spyware in web browsers, but one of the most efficient
ones.

Or maybe my personal observation of web browser
activity patterns are somehow misguided.
I'm just articulating what I noticed since no-one
in the community seems to have developed a critical
opinion regarding that service.

Wikipedia has no "Criticism" box about it. Neither
does https://wiki.mozilla.org/Phishing_Protection
in any way question the practice of having the 
browser periodically call "home."

I presume this could be a major scandal, but since
I'm not a major blogger it's just a little voice
on a little mailing list.

Maybe some journalist picks it up and researches
in-depth if my observations are correct?

And I wasn't considering non-free or secondary browsers.

So from this ironically desperate point of view all
browsers are p0wned.




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