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

Travis Biehn tbiehn at gmail.com
Mon May 12 12:50:05 PDT 2014


Maybe not: http://lynx.browser.org/.

On a more serious note - Scandal?

Like ... iOS putting all your footsteps into a file for you scandal?

-Travis


On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 1:18 PM, carlo von lynX <lynX at time.to.get.psyced.org
> wrote:

> 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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