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Old(ish) and established, or hot new startup?

I'm in a good position; I'm being pursued by two big tech companies for a public policy/government relations/privacy role, at a regional (ie multi-country) manager level. One is an established giant, the other is a hot, extremely well-funded and rapidly expanding startup. But which to choose? Hope me, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

What are the real risks to having a google account?

What are the real risks to having a google account? What are the benefits to staying out of Google's ecosystem that outweigh the inconvenience? [more inside]
posted by Naib on Jun 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Use 'terms' on hardware?

Are terms and conditions, disclosed after sale, legitimate? What if the associated item is a gift? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Dec 30, 2013 - 24 answers

Need to remove a file from Yahoo Groups but we don't know what group

A document revealing my friend's private information has shown up on Google searches and she is hoping to have it removed. It looks as if someone posted the PDF to Yahoo Groups, as a file attachment. The trouble is that we can't figure out what Group it belongs to because the URL is obscure. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Dec 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Google Glass Etiquette

Given that many people are divided about Google Glass, with some people especially resistant to even the idea of someone wearing them, how, when and what would be appropriate for someone wearing them? I'd especially like to hear feedback from people who are averse to the concept. [more inside]
posted by mulligan on Nov 27, 2013 - 43 answers

Is Authenticator part of the Google Panopticon?

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? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Is autocomplete spying on me?

Is there a privacy risk specifically associated with Google search autocomplete/typeahead? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Secure archive for Gmail

I'm an avid user of Gmail and other Google services, but I'm increasingly uncomfortable keeping my entire email history on someone else's servers. Can I keep a week's worth of messages on the server and encrypt everything else? What are some other Gmail privacy compromises? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Apr 17, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I protect Ronnie Edwards?

I'm a female in the US, about to get married for the second time and taking my husband's name. Help me manage how my new name appears online before it starts to happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Google+ pros/cons

My department is being mandated to start using Google+ and some other Google apps. Please help me think through the security and privacy implications of what I am afraid might become a real mess. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Google's Privacy violating: Now they're getting pretty blatant about it

According to that new Google privacy policy, are they allowed to sell AdSense ads to advertisers based on what they have read in your Gmail? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Google, you creep show

Gmail just asked me if I wanted to import all my mail from another email account of mine. How can I figure out if I've ever told Gmail I own this account? Or is this just google being creepy as hell again? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Feb 28, 2012 - 2 answers

The Big Green: Data Mining Noise or Risk?

What effect do my Ask MetaFilter searches on behalf of others have on data miners' sense of who I am? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Delete my Google's Search History?

What are the benefits of Google's Search History? As I understand it, Google is changing it's privacy policy so that my personal search history (which was previously kept separate), will now be tied to my Google profile for other Google products (Google+, Gmail, Google Voice, etc.). In other words - my search history will now be associated with my actual name and personal phone number. So - I'm thinking about removing my search history, but I don't know what I'd be giving up. According to Google - it uses my history to "personalize" my search results. But - does this really make a difference? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Feb 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Keeping my browsing habits secure

I have a handful of questions about Google, VPNs and privacy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Google, DeleteTMFA!

How can I make sure that Google deletes my phone number? [more inside]
posted by lioness on Feb 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Is it creepy to Google people? [non-dating-filter]

Do you think it's creepy when you find out someone has Googled you? Semi-related to previous questions about Googling dates, but my date isn't the Googler. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 - 46 answers

Google privacy policy in computer-speak; please help!

Is the new Google privacy policy reasonable or should I take further steps to protect my information? [more inside]
posted by sb3 on Jan 29, 2012 - 11 answers

How to maintain online privacy

How to maintain online privacy and NOT be searchable as someone else's friend social networking friend? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Oct 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Just Gmail

Can I have my Gmail (Google App account) logged in without Google signing me to every service and tracking my every move? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Aug 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Blogger and Privacy

Say I use my Google account to identify myself when posting on Blogger. Can the person running the blog see my e-mail address or other details?
posted by Yakuman on May 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Deprivation does terrible things.

Suffering through the great midwest Comcast outage of late 2010. What ill may come of this? [more inside]
posted by thusspakeparanoia on Dec 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Are my old Usenet posts going to resurface someday?

I'm worried about some old Usenet postings. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 - 21 answers

Download Google Web History?

How can I download my Google web history in a way that maximizes the data's usability? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn on Jul 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Someone's posting nudes of my student online!

I run a nonprofit education center in the Philippines, and a few of our students come from a background of the sex industry. One of my students used to work online for a live webcam sex site, where members pay by the minute. Well, it recently came to his (and my) attention that one of the members who paid for a private chat with him used screen recording software and then posted the video to a blogspot.com site. What can be done to get it removed? If this got out to too many people, his professional future could be completely destroyed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Why yes, I *am* especially anxious today, how did you know?

When I clicked on this article from this FPP, I got 3 Google text ads, 2 of which are directed at personal information about me. So I signed out of Google, cleared my cache, history, cookies, etc., and clicked on the link again. Same ads. How? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 4, 2009 - 27 answers

Is it possible that google image search is psychic?

How does google image search find untagged people in a Picasa web album? How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by emmykm on Apr 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Oh dear

Many moons ago, when I was naive and young, I left an embarrassing trail of incriminating Usenet posts. I had Google remove them from their archive but, forward a few years, they're back! How can I get them deleted for good? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2009 - 15 answers

Google, Stop Randomly Printing Your Crap on My Office Printer

Why has Google taken over my computer (and the mind and soul of my workplace printer)? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch on Feb 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Why can't I hide from Google?

Help me hide my blog from the Googlebots. [more inside]
posted by hamster on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

I, for one, welcome our new search engine overlords.

CorporateOverlordFilter: Does Google already know the winner of the next election? [more inside]
posted by ga$money on Sep 3, 2008 - 15 answers

Keep my Wordpress blog out of search engines!

Why is my Wordpress blog showing up in Google when I have specifically chosen the option to keep it private from search engines? [more inside]
posted by Drohan on Jun 21, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I prevent Google from tracking my visits to web sites?

How can I prevent Google from tracking my visits to web sites that use their services (Google Analytics, AdWords, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Ø on Jan 24, 2008 - 10 answers

Google Web History and privacy

Google's personalized search and privacy question: [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Sep 15, 2007 - 4 answers

How can I keep Gmail from knowing about my Google searches?

Whenever I'm actively browsing the web, I like to keep a tab open to my Gmail account. But I don't particularly want my Google searches to be linked to the Gmail account. Is there any way to prevent this?
posted by box on Aug 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Benefits to Google Privacy Data

What benefits Google by collecting your private data? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Mar 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Privacy with Yahoo?

Does it bother you to click on Yahoo! links and unexpectedly see your Yahoo! name on the screen because you prefer to store your Yahoo (enough with the exclamation point already) password in a cookie? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Dec 18, 2005 - 19 answers

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