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Search engines and privacy – it’s a trade-off
They already track you. Everywhere. Search engines, ad networks, three letter agencies. Here are my follow-up questions:
- do you feel tracked?
- would you feel lonely if you weren’t tracked? 🙂
- are you willing to pay for more content on the web? (so you won’t need to be sold to advertisements)
- would counter-privacy-invasion be a good enough compensation for you ? (having access to ‘privacy’ of search engines, ad networks and three letter agencies)
For me… the greatest disappointment is that the quality of search results went way down for my queries. Even with all the data they have on me search engines still have no clue what I am looking for.
Americans are using online search engines, especially Google, more than ever before, but an increasing number worry that the tracking of their online activities is an invasion of privacy, according to a new study released today.
- Survey ranks Google highly despite privacy fears (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Survey: 83 percent rate Google as preferred search engine, despite privacy concerns (mercurynews.com)
- Pew: Personalized search turning out to be unpopular (zdnet.com)
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