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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:02 PM

Just found a new creepy thing about Google/GMail...

I was looking in my Google Account settings, trying to find the place to change the painfully glaring white background they've now made the default in the Contacts program, and I ran across something called "Reservations".

WTF?

A list of plane reservations culled, apparently, from anything connected with an airline in my GMail.

This is creepy as hell. I really do NOT want them collecting that information for me or for them or for anyone.

So far I can't figure out how to turn it off, though.

Anyone had any luck with that?

OR with changing the background in "Contacts" for the browser-based program service on a desktop computer?

wearily,
Bright

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Reply Just found a new creepy thing about Google/GMail... (Original post)
TygrBright Feb 11 OP
dlk Feb 11 #1
lastlib Feb 12 #7
WhiteTara Feb 11 #2
TygrBright Feb 11 #3
WhiteTara Feb 11 #4
TygrBright Feb 11 #5
WhiteTara Feb 11 #6
douglas9 Feb 12 #8
Tetrachloride Thursday #9
TygrBright Thursday #10

Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:13 PM

1. It's Called Surveillance Capitalism

The data from all of us is being monetized without our knowledge.

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Response to dlk (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 12:52 AM

7. and weaponized.....

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:32 PM

2. I moved off google and use duck duck go

and yahoo for mail. I don't know if I'm less followed; but I also use ghostery and adblocker.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:01 PM

3. I use all those, but still have a GMail account. n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:01 PM

4. do you find that duck duck go

is a more private search engine?

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:09 PM

5. It certainly seems to be. n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:28 PM

6. That was my impression, but I don't know

many people who use it. Thanks for your opinion.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 06:58 PM

9. iCloud, DuckDuckGo, Epic browser, Brave Browser

I use:

1. iCloud for email
2. DuckDG for most internet searches
3. Epic browser for general reading on internet.
4. WhatsApp for messaging with good friends in alternate realities.
5. Facebook for lost friends


Now testing if Epic browser somehow fails me (it hasn't):

1. Brave Browser

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 14, 2019, 09:15 PM

10. I use Epic and DuckDuckGo. But Gmail remains the core of the Google empire...

...and the suite of other tools - Contacts, Calendar, Drive, etc., aren't part of Epic or DuckDuckGo's offerings.

I never go anywhere near Facebook anymore.

wearily,
Bright

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