How to Avoid Google’s New Privacy Policy

There is much uproar going on right now in conspiracy circles regarding Google’s new privacy policy.  Basically, Google can now track where you are going on the Internet and keep all the information in a centralized database.  What exactly for, you ask?  Google holds that this is all part of providing people with the best Internet experience, possible, but there’s good reason to suspect that there are more sinister motives at work.  However, a lot of the commotion fails to point out a simple fact about the whole thing.  If you have a problem with the privacy policy, you can simply not allow it to happen to you.

Google’s monitoring centers around your Google account.  If you are logged in, then you must agree to the privacy policy’s terms and conditions, effectively agreeing to have your movements monitored and recorded.  However, simply using Google without logging in eliminates this problem.  Yes, you may not be able to use all of the features that Google has to offer, but this is the price you pay for not falling under the privacy policy.  And, you could always log in to use specific parts of Google, such as accessing an email account or using some of Google’s applications.  To avoid monitoring, simply make sure that you are signed out when using Google for ordinary Internet searches.

Other conspiracy sites are quick to tie the new privacy policy to some sort of government monitoring.  Here’s the problem with that theory.  Chances are, if the government wants to monitor what you are doing, they don’t really need Google to do it for them.  They can subpoena your Internet service provider at any moment and demand a full account of everything you’ve ever done on your Internet connection, and your ISP will have no choice but to turn over the information.  Additionally, Google has been doing this sort of thing since its inception.  Through cookies placed on your computer, for instance, Google already was monitoring where you were going and how you got there.  Ever notice how the search results are tailored to your geographic region?  That’s because Google knows where you are, and they give you information that makes sense for your location.

What this amounts to is Google taking steps to protect itself legally for practices it has already been doing for some time.  Now, instead of doing these things automatically without making it clear to the users, everyone is simply required to agree to a complicated document of legal jargon that they won’t understand that effectively gives Google permission to keep on doing what it’s doing.

So, yes there are some concerns here, but many conspiracy sites are overplaying the situation to try to create fear, or more importantly, traffic for their websites.  Remember, you are only “opting in” when you log in to Google.  Also, the government doesn’t need Google to tell it where you’ve been.  There’s plenty of ways they can do that on their own, and that is where the real fear, if any, should be targeted.  Lastly, Google is immensely popular and effective, but it isn’t the only game in town.  There are other search engines out there you could utilize instead, but don’t be naive enough to think that other search engines aren’t employing the same tactics.

There is much more of a threat that Google will use this information to sell to other companies to make even more money for itself than any government involvement.  However, Common Sense Conspiracy will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will update our readers if anything more damning about their practices should come to light.