Is Authenticator part of the Google Panopticon?
September 6, 2013 10:01 AM Subscribe
Does third-party use of Google Authenticator go through the Google panopticon? If I use Google Authenticator on a third-party site, will that interaction send information back to Google, thereby informing Google of what I'm doing?
posted by alms to computers & internet (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I just discovered that my company's web host uses Google Authenticator to implement two-factor authentication. While I'm a big fan of two-factor authentication, I want to resist Google's efforts to track every action of every human being on the planet.
I read the description of Google Authenticator
on Wikipedia. That description makes it sound like G.A. is a specification and not an implementation. This implies that it could be implemented without involving Google at all.
Setting theory aside, how does it work in practice? I would be using the iPhone client (once it is back in the App Store, of course). If I start using G.A., will Google central command keep track of all the services I use it for, and all of my interactions with it? Will I start seeing adwords for plush underwear at home because I authenticated a plush underwear service at work?