Can You Divorce Google?
The new Google policy has already been criticized by EU officials for being too invasive to there users and when Mr Henderson asked himself “do I like the terms of service and am I willing to abide by Google's new policies in order to use its products? His answer was no,
Officially Google say that they don't sell users' personal information but as Mr Henderson was about to find out, if he wanted to divorce Google, it was not to be easy, so in 2009 Mr Henderson decided to give it a go.
The first thing he found out was he was not only using Google to view videos on YouTube, or for just using the Google search engine, he also realized that Google plants tracking cookies on all sites he visited. This enabled Google to send adverts to him that matched his likes and dislikes. In order to get around this he new that he would have to make major changes on how he used the Internet in all practicable ways.
The way ahead:
Day 1: Take inventory of everything he did on the Internet.
Day 2: Delete cookies from every site he had ever visited.
Day 3: Redirect his host files to another server
Day 4: Install tracking blockers in order to block Google
Day 5: Mobile phone maintenance in order to block Google
Day 6: Find replacements for everything that he used Google for in the past.
So once this was all done what did Mr Henderson Use?
For directions and maps he used a system called "MapQuest"
For when he wanted to search for something he used a platform called Duck Duck Go, a search engine designed to protect a users privacy. Once installed and all blockers were put in place Mr Henderson found that, yes he could Divorce Google, but at a great price.
Is Mr Henderson still divorced from Google? Apparently he is but no one can find him, so it is hard to tell.
My thanks to the BBC for bringing this story to my attention.
Pictures from Wikipedia.