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Is Google Watching Me?

October 13, 2017 at 12:08:15
Specs: several
I may have asked this before. I don't remember any
definite answer.

I'm using the default browser on an Android tablet. The browser
is apparently made by Google. There is almost no info about it.
It is just called "Browser", and its version number is the same as
the Android version number (4.4.2).

Anything I type into the address line at the top of the browser
window is sent to Google as I type. That is completely, totally,
absolutely, thoroughly unacceptable.

My question is:

When I click on a bookmark, is the address sent to Google?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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October 13, 2017 at 12:51:14
I don't know the direct answer to your question but if you use any device on the internet there are organisations watching you, including your server. You can control more of it on a PC or laptop then a cellphone or tablet but by no means all. IMO Google are particularly snoopy but I use their search engine because it seems better than the competition (not Chrome though).

Most of internet snooping is for marketing reasons. It would not be practical for any organisation to monitor all the activity of even one country. My own approach is to cut out the snooping if it is reasonably easy to do so, and adverts. After that you might as well worry about whether someone is going to drop a brick on you from a tall building (etc). Such things might happen but most likely you will die of worry first.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 13, 2017 at 13:39:25
Yes, you did ask this before.

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October 13, 2017 at 16:06:02
Google is watching everyone, everywhere... satellite cams, street cams... Time to emulate Jack Reacher...

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October 14, 2017 at 15:12:38

The page you linked to describes 8 browsers claimed to be good
for privacy and security. The descriptions are in a slideshow
format, one browser to a "slide". I don't have time to read even
the first sentence of a description before the slideshow switches
to the next "slide". Is that a well-designed website?

Edit to add:

I found the "pause button". Not sure yet if it works.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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October 14, 2017 at 16:40:37
... Found this, about Windows 10 privacy and Holland. It might be of very broad interest:

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