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Millions leave Google over plans to spy on users and store personal info forever

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google-big-brother-230MILLIONS of Google users are clearing their tracks and leaving the internet behemoth just days before Google changes its privacy policy to allow it to gather, store and use personal information about its users.

The Big Brother policy change will mean – which starts on March 1 – Google building a permanent profile of you that could include personal information including age, gender, locality and even sexuality.

It will also track EVERY web search you carry out- forever.

And from March 1, you won't be able to opt out of the new policy, which has been criticised by privacy campaigners who have filed a complaint to U.S. regulators.

The Center for Digital Democracy has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking it to sue Google to stop the policy change and to fine the company.

But it may not have to as millions of users are already taking matters into their own hands and leaving the search giant in favour of competitors, Yahoo and Bing.

Web forums are awash with comments attacking the new Google policy.

On the world's biggest news site, the Daily Mail, commetns included:

“I don't want the nosey parkers Google prying into my private life. Well, hello Bing”

“Just switched to Bing. everyone pass this article on. Iv'e had enough of this KGB Government”

“Google will track you through your IP address... This is specific to your internet connection and therefore they know exactly who you are... They can still send you results back to the same IP address based on your previous searches... Let me paint a picture... You and your wife/mother/daughter share an IP address but have different computers... Neither of you sign into Google so it tracks searches on your IP... What you search for appears on her computer... It's very shady.”

“Time for ALL decent, free-minded people to start taking notice of these megalomaniac control freaks before its too late.”

Privacy problems are particularly pertinent to those who share a Google account with other members of their family.

For example if one person searches for pictures of scantily clad women, the next family member to use the internet may find themselves being recommended a bikini contest on YouTube.

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Cecilia Kang, of the Washington Post, described collation of vast tracts of information as a ‘massive cauldron of data.’

‘Privacy advocates say Google's changes betray users who are not accustomed to having their information shared across different Web sites.’ she said. ‘A user of Gmail, for instance, may send messages about a private meeting with a colleague and may not want the location of that meeting to be thrown into Google's massive cauldron of data or used for Google's maps application.’

Technology site Gizmodo said that the change was the end of Google’s ‘don’t be evil motto. The site’s Mat Honan wrote: ‘It means that things you could do in relative anonymity today, will be explicitly associated with your name, your face, your phone number. 'If you use Google's services, you have to agree to this new privacy policy. It is an explicit reversal of its previous policies.’


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