Can you really leave Google?

Not really…

Can you really leave Google? This is a debate, question, a lot of people are having. You can get rid of their products Gmail, Photos, Hangouts, Drive. I got rid of these simple products. But you can’t really get rid of the Google. As a data collection company, they have their ties into many parts of your daily life. They can track you via websites, apps, who knows what else…

Tracking Code

When you go to a website, check the source code. Do a quick look for any of the following in the code.

GoogleAnalyticsObject

www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js

UA-xxxxxxx-xx

If you see this, then Google is tracking you. They know the website your visiting, the date and time. The website you came from, the browser your using, the operating system your using, your ip and possible location. The next site you visit will likely have this code also, so now they know the link you took, how long you was at the old site and where your going to go next. What they can’t track is laughable. If that isn’t good enough, and you still trust them. They have made a browser addon that opts out of the tracking Google Opt Out Browser Addon.

Who is watching who

So they don’t take ownership of the data they Get. They lay this on the owner of the website, and the idea they read the terms of service for using Google Analytics.

You will not and will not assist or permit any third party to pass information to Google that Google could use or recognize as personally identifiable information.

They require the website owner to post a Privacy Policy and to include telling the end user they are being tracked by the service.

You must post a privacy policy and that privacy policy must provide notice of Your use of cookies that are used to collect data. You must disclose the use of Google Analytics, and how it collects and process data. This can be done by displaying a prominent link to the site…

Of course this is largely ignored, who actually reads these things.

Even better then these things are the policy giving access to others.

All Google representatives that can access account data, including vendors, must agree to internal access policy terms and conditions. Data access requires appropriate authentication; all access is over SSL and is logged for security review, and representatives can only use Google-approved computers when accessing customer data

First use a good browser, with the right protection. Second VPN.. Use one! I use ProtonVPN. What do you think?

Jason L. Esman avatar
Jason L. Esman
An experienced senior managed service engineer with 20+ years of knowledge in operations and technology management. I am passionate about working to create efficient, scalable, and repeatable technology and support delivery models. I’ve been heavily involved in ITSM/ITIL providing leadership for the development and implementation of Change Management, Problem Management, and Incident Management.
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