“Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University in the US, just encountered the popup and expressed his dismay.
« I don’t want my browser keeping track of my browsing history to help serve me ads, and I definitely don’t want my browser sharing any function of my browsing history with every random website I visit, » he said via Twitter.
And VC Paul Graham has derided ad targeting tech as spyware. Google has offered repeated reassurances that its Topics API does not allow companies to identify those whose interests inform its ad API. But some developers claim Topics may be useful for browser fingerprinting and both Apple and Mozilla have said they won’t adopt Topics due to privacy concerns.”
“Court filings show that well before the search engine giant was taken to court, rank and file Googlers frankly voiced their own frustrations that Incognito didn’t live up to its name.“We need to stop calling it Incognito and stop using a Spy Guy icon,” one engineer said in a 2018 chat among Google Chrome engineers, after sharing research that showed users misunderstood features of private browsing modes. He was referring to the image of sunglasses under a hat that pop ups with a message, “You’ve gone Incognito,” when a user opens a new tab to browse privately.A colleague responded by posting a link to a wiki profile of a character on “The Simpsons” cartoon show called Guy Incognito, who is a doppelganger of protagonist Homer Simpson. “Regardless of the name, the Incognito icon should have always been” Guy Incognito, the employee said. “Which also accurately conveys the level of privacy it provides.””
“Apart from offering the intended functionality, the extensions also track the user’s browsing activity. Every website visited is sent to servers owned by the extension creator. They do this so that they can insert code into eCommerce websites being visited. This action modifies the cookies on the site so that the extension authors receive affiliate payment for any items purchased. ”
“The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode. According to the complaint filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, Google gathers data through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager and other applications and website plug-ins, including smartphone apps, regardless of whether users click on Google-supported ads. This helps Google learn about users’ friends, hobbies, favorite foods, shopping habits, and even the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing things” they search for online, the complaint said. ”
Pour briser l’effet quasi-magique du nom « Trump », l’équipe de John Oliver a créé un site, www.donalddrumpf.com, où les internautes peuvent télécharger une extension de Google Chrome, Drumpfinator. Elle permet à l’utilisateur de ne plus jamais lire le mot Trump, immédiatement remplacé par Drumpf.