(原文:Disturbing Facts About Google)


Google are clearly gathering information about us but refuse to tell us why. It’s nothing new to us, but while they cannot control normal SERPs, they do however control who is viewing what and when.

We run Google adverts in order to survive. Does this mean we shouldn’t share the information below? If you know an alternative way to sustain costs please get in touch.

如果你察看包含Google Adsense的网页,Google就会追踪你的隐私。但请注意,Google追踪你隐私的办法不止于此。
Please note, Google does not track you by simply viewing pages containing their adverts.

1. Google’s immortal cookie:

Google was the first search engine to use a cookie that expires in 2038. This was at a time when federal websites were prohibited from using persistent cookies altogether. Now it’s years later, and immortal cookies are commonplace among search engines ; Google set the standard because no one bothered to challenge them. This cookie places a unique ID number on your hard disk. Anytime you land on a Google page, you get a Google cookie if you don’t already have one. If you have one, they read and record your unique ID number.

2. Google records everything they can:
For all searches they record the cookie ID, your Internet IP address, the time and date, your search terms, and your browser configuration. Increasingly, Google is customizing results based on your IP number. This is referred to in the industry as “IP delivery based on geolocation.”

3. Google retains all data indefinitely:
Google has no data retention policies. There is evidence that they are able to easily access all the user information they collect and save.

4. Google won’t say why they need this data:
向Google发出隐私政策的查询总是得不到回应。当纽约时报询问Sergey Brin(Google创始人之一和总裁)Google有没有因为隐私政策信息而受到法庭传唤时,他不予置评(2002-11-28)。
Inquiries to Google about their privacy policies are ignored. When the New York Times asked Sergey Brin about whether Google ever gets subpoenaed for this information, he had no comment.

5. Google hires spooks:
Matt Cutts,一位重要的工程师,曾经为National Security Agency(译者按:我不清楚这个组织是干什么的)工作。Google希望能够雇佣更多的人来对搜集到的数据进行调查,这样他们就能向华盛顿的间谍们组织叫卖值钱的信息。
Matt Cutts, a key Google engineer, used to work for the . Google wants to hire more people with security clearances, so that they can peddle their corporate assets to the spooks in Washington.

6,Google 工具栏是间谍软件
6. Google’s toolbar is spyware:
如果你允许使用高级选项,那么你看的每一个网页都会被工具栏记录并且传送到Google服务器。安装工具栏时候的隐私策略已经承认了这一点,不过那仅仅是因为可能的起诉。Alexa 的工具栏干了同样的事情却没有在隐私策略中声明,从而输掉了一桩官司。更糟的是,Google工具栏不会在升级之前询问你的意见,它总是静悄悄的就完成了升级。这意味着,一旦你安装了Google工具栏,每一次你连接到Google网页(一天里有很多次吧),Google就对你的硬盘有完全的访问权限。大多数软件供应商,甚至微软都会询问你是否需要升级。Google不是这样。任何自动升级的软件意味着大量潜在的安全隐患。
With the advanced features enabled, Google’s free toolbar for Explorer phones home with every page you surf, and yes, it reads your cookie too. Their privacy policy confesses this, but that’s only because Alexa lost a class-action lawsuit when their toolbar did the same thing, and their privacy policy failed to explain this. Worse yet, Google’s toolbar updates to new versions quietly, and without asking. This means that if you have the toolbar installed, Google essentially has complete access to your hard disk every time you connect to Google (which is many times a day). Most software vendors, and even Microsoft, ask if you’d like an updated version. But not Google. Any software that updates automatically presents a massive security risk.

(译者按:Google Desktop呢?)

7. Google’s cache copy is illegal:
依据第九巡回法庭将美国版权法应用于互联网的判例判断,Google的网页快照似乎不合法。唯一避免网站被Google保存快照的办法就是在每一个页面里面加上 noarchive元标记。浏览者喜欢网页快照,但是网站管理员们不喜欢。很多网站站长已经删除了网站上有问题的内容,却发现这些内容依然存活于网页快照。网页快照应该是可以选择加入或不加入,而不是现在这样,只能选择退出或不退出。
Judging from Ninth Circuit precedent on the application of U.S. copyright laws to the Internet, Google’s cache copy appears to be illegal. The only way a webmaster can avoid having his site cached on Google is to put a “noarchive” meta in the header of every page on his site. Surfers like the cache, but webmasters don’t. Many webmasters have deleted questionable material from their sites, only to discover later that the problem pages live merrily on in Google’s cache. The cache copy should be “opt-in” for webmasters, not “opt-out.”

8. Google is not your friend:
到目前为止,绝大多数网站访问量的 75%都来自于Google。如果网站站长要增加流量,他们得先问问Google同不同意。如果站长们想利用Google半保密半公开的算法中的某些漏洞来得利,他们很快就会被Google惩罚,流量完全没有了。Google没有发布详细公开的惩治流程。对被处罚的网站来说,也找不到任何上诉的途径。 Google的行为根本是无法预计的。大多时候Google甚至都不回复网站站长的信件。
By now Google enjoys a 75 percent monopoly for all external referrals to most websites. Webmasters cannot avoid seeking Google’s approval these days, assuming they want to increase traffic to their site. If they try to take advantage of some of the known weaknesses in Google’s semi-secret algorithms, they may find themselves penalized by Google, and their traffic disappears. There are no detailed, published standards issued by Google, and there is no appeal process for penalized sites. Google is completely unaccountable. Most of the time Google doesn’t even answer email from webmasters.

9. Google is a privacy time bomb:
With 200 million searches per day, most from outside the U.S., Google amounts to a privacy disaster waiting to happen. Those newly-commissioned data-mining bureaucrats in Washington can only dream about the sort of slick efficiency that Google has already achieved.