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Controversy underscores Google’s contempt for web freedom

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Following the revelation that Google had been tracking the surfing habits of iPhone users via a code that disables the Safari browser’s privacy settings, Microsoft has now discovered that Google is using similar methods to bypass privacy protections and spy on the browsing habits of Internet Explorer users.

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“When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies,” reports Microsoft on their IEblog.

Last week it was revealed that Google had circumvented Apple’s efforts to block third party cookies by default, allowing Google to track which ads Safari users clicked on.

The Internet giant, whose motto is “don’t be evil,” has now been caught using a similar process to disregard cookie preferences of Internet Explorer users, allowing targeted ads to be served based on browsing history.

“Google is trying to do is figure out things based on what you have looked at, figure out ways to serve you more relevant ads,” explains Henry Blodget. “Google intentionally circumvented some privacy protections that Apple put in place, now Microsoft is saying ‘hey wait a minute, they did the same thing to us.’”

While Google’s actions are not illegal, they will only serve to underscore the fact that the company has a flagrant disregard for privacy, which is no surprise given Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s creepy 2009 warning, when he stated, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Indeed, as we have documented on numerous occasions, Google’s actions are completely consistent with the charge that the company is in cahoots with the National Security Agency, America’s foremost spying operation.

Last year the Washington Post reported that Google and the NSA had formed an “alliance…to allow the two organizations to share critical information.”

After the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a FOIA request in an attempt to glean an insight into the relationship between the two, the NSA claimed it “could neither confirm nor deny” the existence of any information about its relations with Google, because “such a response would reveal information about NSA’s functions and activities.”

Charges that Google is merely the private arm of U.S. intelligence outfits stretch back years. As we reported in late 2006, ex-CIA agent Robert David Steele claimed sources told him that CIA seed money helped get the company off the ground. Speaking to the Alex Jones Show, Steele elaborated on previous revelations by making it known that the CIA helped bankroll Google at its very inception. Steele named Google’s CIA point man as Dr. Rick Steinheiser, of the Office of Research and Development.

Google’s attitude towards privacy also came under scrutiny when it was discovered that the company was spying on WiFi network data in violation of the Federal Wiretap Act as it gathered images for its Streetview program. Google insisted that the practice was a mistake, even though information published in January 2010 revealed that the data collection program was a very deliberate effort to assemble as much information as possible about U.S. residential and business WiFi networks.

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

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The Harper Regime is about to kill your internet privacy, The plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to surrender our personal information to “authorities” without a warrant.

SHARE if you are against the government spying on citizens. Harper wants to allow police to spy on all Canadians without warrants. Bill C-51 is being introduced on Monday. It is an infringement of our privacy rights, and our fundamental civil rights. Canadians its time to take a stand. Freedom is calling and we must all share the information and alert the Canadian public.

ALL Canadians Contact your MP here via phone or email by postal code: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode…

Petition: http://stopspying.ca/
Attn: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Attn: Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson
Attn: Public Safety Minister Vic Toews

News Articles Detailing Proposed Canadian Internet Surveillance Bill C-51 Disappear From Web Today story broken by Occupy Canada
source: http://jeromiewilliams.com/2012/02/12/news-articles-detailing-proposed-canadi…

READ BILL C-51: Legislative Summary of Bill C-51
source: http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Parliament/LegislativeSummaries/bills_ls.asp?Lang…

Harper Government wants Police to spy on ALL Canadians with no warrants
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnE2lOpYLQ8

Macleans: Harper’s promise: a warrantless online police surveillance state
source: http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/04/13/harpers-promise-a-warrantless-online-surve…

“As an example of the new powers, Geist said authorities would be able to use equipment to isolate cellphone numbers of people attending a protest, and then be able to ask a cellphone company to disclose personal information of the people attached to those cellphone numbers.” source: http://www.canada.com/technology/could+open+window+police+view+online+habits/…

Bill C-51 will turn ISPs into Police Internet gatekeepers
The bill would make it mandatory for telecom providers, ISPs and search engines to monitor, store, retain and not disclose e-mail, Internet and telephone communications at the request of law and security officials. No warrant necessary.
source: Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/digital-culture/dwayne-winseck…

Ontario Privacy Commish on Online Spying Bills (CBC interview)
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaF-tKxpdaE

‘Lawful Access’ Online Spying Law Could Kill Small Internet Providers In Canada, Industry Group Says
source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/11/22/lawful-access-online-spying-independe…

Canadian judges and politicians have grown too old and out of touch with the reality of today’s digital world to be trusted to make sound decisions about privacy rights, Ontario’s privacy watchdog has warned. Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian believes will amount to a major breach of rights and freedoms.
“We are talking about the expansion of surveillance without judicial authorization. THIS SHOULD SCARE YOU,” she said.
source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/29/canadas-expanding-surveillance-should…

Americans shocked Harper crime bill gives more time to pot growers than pedophiles
source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/americans-odds-harper-crime-bi…

Marijuana growers to face more jail than child rapists under Harper’s new omnibus bill- Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/fp/yourmoney/COLUMN+HARPER+CRIME+BILL/54…

Harsher sentences for pot growers than for pedophiles caught PM’s eye: documents
source: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1126546

A YouTube video shot in Toronto’s downtown Dundas Square features someone with Occupy Canada preaching to Canadians to join rallies in their cities as part of a rising “global consciousness.”

“We wrestle not against flesh or blood, not against Muslim, not against Christian, not against black, not against white — but against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and that is the truth — and we wrestle not against each other but … against the corrupt powers of this world,” -Derek Soberal
CBC News source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/10/14/occupy-canada-rallies.html