To cut straight to the chase, if you are browsing anonymously and log into one of your accounts, you are no longer anonymous; a seemingly obvious fact which is making headlines today. A Google rep feels this is being pushed by Oracle who are hoping to turn public opinion against Google, though how that would affect their ongoing legal battles is unclear. The timing is rather unfortunate as the publics opinion of Google plummeted after being reminded that Google Maps always knows where you are if you have it installed.
The Inquirer does remind us what is worth getting upset about; Google's unsubstantiated claim that they offer tools to prevent their products from tracking you and a way to delete your entire history.
"A researcher from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee found that although the data collected appears to be anonymised, in reality, Google can retroactively identify it from the usernames and other account data used during the session."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel Publishes Microcode Security Patches With No Benchmarks Or Profiling Allowed @ Slashdot
- Microsoft pushes out Windows 10 patches to plug Spectre and Foreshadow vulns @ The Inquirer
- Whoa, is it Patch Tuesday already? No, just an unexpected critical Photoshop fix @ The Register
- Refresh Windows 10 to its default state in a few clicks, keeping your files and settings @ TechSpot