Posts Tagged ‘user tracking’

Google to Start Tracking Users Across Services

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

These days, the main purpose of most internet services seems to be marketing research and ad delivery … so much for privacy, I guess.

An announcement was posted yesterday on the official Google blog that indicates that changes are being made to Google’s privacy policies and terms of service. What first looks like a reasonable thing to do is in fact something that will keep privacy advocates up at night. Google will merge their privacy policies, of which about 60 are now available, into one main privacy policy. This on first glance is good from a user perspective, as it improves the privacy policy’s accessibility.


Telecommunications Data Retention – What It May Reveal About You

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Just in case you don’t have enough to worry about already …

Ever wanted to know what government agencies can find out about you thanks to telecommunications Data Retention laws?


Creepy – Track Michael Arrington or Anyone Else via Geolocation

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

They certainly picked an appropriate name for this program …

Creepy is a free program for Windows and Linux that can be used to track Twitter and Flickr users. Track how? Via the geolocation feature that both services make use of. All you need to do is to enter the Flickr or Twitter username in the application and wait until the first longitude and latitude information are retrieved. Add the time of posting plus integration of Google Maps, Virtual Maps and Open Street Maps and you have created a movement profile of that user. The tweet and tweet url, or the image title and Flickr link are posted in a box at the bottom of the application for each individual hit.