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News around the web: Un-Google Yourself

By Erik ยท 9 replies
Dec 1, 2009
  1. Heretic

    Heretic TS Rookie Posts: 37

    @Ungoogle yourself

    Sucks that Google won't remove customer's private content themselves. All the money, power, and influence in the world and they can't be arsed about customer care. It may be somewhat impractical to have to go around deleting info for millions of people, but ID theft is so prevalent that action has to be taken somewhere. Why not have Google help?
  2. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    Google uses most of the information it stores..in many ways..like recommended videos for you on Youtube
  3. Heretic

    Heretic TS Rookie Posts: 37

    @ Serag
    I'm not talking about that sort of content. I'm talking about personal identification information that people can google up and search for. I know they use a lot of the information they store. That's why they have a search engine in the first place; because they stored information. But, for arguments sake, if I want them to make my social security number less available, I have to take drastic steps to have that risk reduced. I want Google to be able to help me either protect or remove risky personal information that I might have on the internet.
  4. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Booster Posts: 104   +9

    I think the main thing people need is education on keeping their identities private online. Most teenagers out there today have no idea that their photos posted to flickr can be googled easily. And worse still, most people so willingly give out, and freely post online, their private information such as phone number, date of birth, etc. etc.

    One particularly dangerous trend I have noticed is Facebook "quizzes". Not only the type that you use an app for, but the ones where people post stuff like this:


    What is your favorite food?

    What is the name of your pet?

    What high-school did you go to?
    SuperHero High

    Who is your favorite author?

    What is your social insurance number? (just kidding)


    Now, most of these questions might seem trivial and innocent, except when you consider that,


    I know the problem isn't as bad as it used to be...many websites have put this into consideration by requiring an alternate email, etc. but this information can still so easily be used to cause trouble for a person.
  5. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223


    I personally go through and google myself at least 3-4 times a year and try my best to delete anything that might be detrimental to my own personal identity. It is also why I try to keep a seperate online screen name that I do not connect back to my real name.
  6. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Pirate bay FTW !
  7. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127


    I have actually never googled myself...I'm going to have to do it and see what comes up. I honestly don't care if they use info to suggest sites to me that are relevant to what i've visited in the past and such. If i do google myself and see a ton of info maybe i'll change my mind..but at the moment I just don't care.
  8. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    @ Heretic
    Got your point now..sorry I didn't get it earlier and yea..you got a point there o.o
  9. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    I am happily un-googlable( wow...new word?)
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