Very emotional language, but not strictly true. Google keeps everything it gathers for itself, they never give away your private information. When an advertiser puts in an ad Google send it to the people who their robots tell them might be interested. The advertiser does not get you information, but you get their ads.KBD47 wrote:the google business model involves knowing everything they can about you to sell to advertisers.
As an example ..
Two years ago I was on a holiday in Paris with a group of friends. My GMail ran a banner ad about a cheap return train fare Paris London on the Eurostar. The Google robots knew I was on holiday. I clicked on it and we all went to London for a day at a ridiculously low fare and had a very fine lunch at the Ye Olde Whiltshire Cheese - Rebuilt 1667. I never would have known about the special without Google targeted advertising. Creepy or useful. That depends on your point of view. Eurostar were never given my information, all Google sold was an ad.
Now, if you think avoiding Google makes you somehow safe try this -
Install Chromium from the repos, you will want the open source version of course.
Start Chromium and go to the Chrome Web Store and search for and install Collusion.
Read a few web pages, scroll through a few threads on this site. Maybe read a few newspaper sites.
Then after about a half an hour open the Collusion window and see how many third parties have been informed of your actions.
Use Chromium for a whole day and open the Collusion window again.
The only site that I have visited that does not seem share information is Debian.