Shock: Google Recording Porn Searches, Even ‘Incognito’ History Easily Obtainable


Shock: Google Recording Porn Searches, Even
‘Incognito’ History Easily Obtainable Let’s admit it: There are some things you
just don’t want other people to know you Googled. Whether it’s an adult topic, a sensitive
medical condition, or simply something innocent like gift ideas for a surprise birthday party,
we like knowing that some of our searches are “off the record.” Almost anyone who has ever used the Google
Chrome browser is familiar with “Incognito” mode. Its purpose is supposedly to browse the web
without leaving a history of sites visited or terms searched … but is Google keeping
its promises to users? “Chrome won’t save the following information:
Your browsing history, cookies and site data, information entered in forms,” the Chrome
Incognito home screen assures us. Google’s own help documents go into more
detail. “Chrome doesn’t save your browsing history
or information entered in forms. Cookies and site data are remembered while
you’re browsing, but deleted when you close Incognito mode.” To the casual reader, it certainly seems that
Google is pledging not to retain the sites you visit or searches you make while in Incognito
mode. Shockingly, however, USA Today has reported
that this may not actually be true. Technology columnist Jefferson Graham revealed
that when he requested an archive of his data from Google, he was stunned to see that Incognito
searches were included in their extensive records. Graham used a tool available from Google that
allows users to download and review the piles of information that the tech giant retains
about each person. “Mine arrived in a few hours, delivered
to Gmail. After unzipping the files, most are categorized
in clear-to-read English and go way back — mine to 2009,” the journalist explained. If you’ve done anything on Chrome or the
Google-owned Android operating system, there’s a good chance it’s in the archive. “The list included everything: a voice request
on Google Home to solve 6*12.50, I listened to Prince on Google Play last week, watched
a James Corden clip on YouTube and every Google search, made both publicly and anonymously
in Incognito mode,” he explained. Emphasis added. “That last bit of history was a surprise,”
the USA Today reporter admitted. “Google tells users that searching in Incognito
mode means ‘Chrome doesn’t save your browsing history’ and ‘basic browsing history information
like URLs, cached page text, or IP addresses of pages linked from the websites you visit,’”
he continued. “We reached out to Google for comment, but
have yet to hear back.” How does “Incognito doesn’t save your
browsing history” turn into “here’s every Incognito search you’ve ever made?” It’s a very good question, and there doesn’t
seem to be a satisfactory answer. One possibility is that the tech giant is
pulling a bit of a bait-and-switch. Your searches may be transmitted to Google’s
servers and archived there with your name attached. Chrome, the actual program running on your
computer, may, in fact, clear your searches locally when you close the Incognito window,
but everything you’ve ever looked for — yes, even those late-night searches with Incognito
— are kept in “Big G’s” massive and increasingly creepy database. In other words, Chrome might not be saving
your browsing history, but Google sure is. That loophole may give the tech company an
“out,” but it’s unclear and perhaps even deceptive. Amid the recent Facebook scandals and Mark
Zuckerberg’s earnest testimony in front of Congress, many Americans are becoming increasingly
aware of just how much privacy they’ve given up for the sake of technological convenience. Whether it’s even possible to put the privacy
genie back in its bottle remains to be seen, but taking a look at what major corporations
like Google have in your file is an eye-opening experience.

Comments 2

  • Well sh!t ……. we really should’ve seen this coming and besides they treat YouTube like a piece of crap hole that needs to be censored constantly and kicking off some other YouTube creators paychecks to keep them alive so yeah we really should’ve seen this coming . The only question now is What do we do to stop these creeps

  • It was my understanding since ever that the incognito function does not work, just BS
    Maybe go to something like the Onion or encryption or other site server to hide your searches.

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