Sunday, March 31, 2013

Google Is Watching

This is what greeted me when I tried to log into this blog from a remote location:

Creepy. I suppose I should be reassured that Google is making sure that I am who I say I am, and that my blogging job hasn't been taken over by a spam bot, but it isn't. It's also pretty clear that Google records where I log in from, and keeps that information at least a couple of weeks.

In a world where it's hard to avoid surveillance no matter where you are or what you're doing, this is not at all reassuring. I'm sure I'm just old fashioned, but moments like this give me an overwhelming urge to "anonymize".


Expat said...

Just think what those living abroad are faced with for everything they send is kept forever for whatever trawling engine that will be devised. But when living in the world's largest undeclared prison, note should be taken that all communication will be inspected. What bill of rights are you speaking of? That was so 18th century.

Cujo359 said...

To quote the American philosopher Jack O'Neill (with two 'l's), "Oh, puhleez. The Pentagon's lost entire countries." If I were the NSA, I'd be wanting to minimize data retention as much as I could.

What amazes me about all this data retention is that there is just so much of it. In prior life, I collected data transferred over networks for the purpose of figuring out how they were being used. It took hours just to download each day's data and save it.

Anyway, not sure how much I'd be worried about all this from a foreign country. But then, I don't know what Google is giving those governments, either...