Jan 192010
 
 January 19, 2010  Online

Dan Goodin reports:

Alarmed by the vast amount of personal information Google collects from its users, a hacker has unveiled an anonymization service that prevents the internet giant from tracking searches and websites visited by a specific individual.

Dubbed GoogleSharing, the anonymizing proxy service is designed exclusively for communications with Google. It mixes together requests from many different users so the search engine’s data collectors are unable to tell where they originate.

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GoogleSharing is designed to hamstring Google’s data hoarding ways for all its services that don’t require a login. Using it is as simple as installing this Firefox plugin, which redirects Google-bound traffic to a proxy. There, requests are stripped of all identifying information and replaced with the details of a different GoogleSharing user. The Google response is then proxied back to the user. By sharing the identities of many different people, the requests become much harder for Google to correlate and analyze.

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