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

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

Maybe not:

On a more serious note - Scandal?

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


On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 1:18 PM, carlo von lynX <lynX at
> wrote:

> On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 03:12:06PM +0200, Fabian Keil wrote:
> > Please have a look at:
> >
> 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 "" 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 and capable of
> turning it off.
> And I know there are tons of people who think
> 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 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
> 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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