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Privacy in a Information Driven World

30 Dec

In the Internet world today there is one company that is becoming synonymous with it; that corporation is Google.  Now a household name, with statements to “just go Google it!” it is by far the number one search engine on the World Wide Web.  That being said, many do not realize just how much Google affects their daily life and can expose the little anonymity they thought they once had.  The United States Fourth Amendment protects our right “to be secure in their persons, house, papers, and affects, against unreasonable searches and seizures…” but with no fine lined Cyber Law, our privacy is shafted.

Whether it is Google’s use of HTTP cookies or their revealing images through their map service, Google has access to more information then we ever imagined it could.  The first thought of the word “cookie” might make one think of a treat to enjoy while relaxing, but in the World Wide Web it is the furthest thing from it.  A HTTP cookie is a small piece of text stored on a computer by a web browser.  This text contains bits of the user’s data including shopping cart contents, user preferences, as well as tracking all of their web browsing habits (“Google, Privacy.”, 2007).   Since most web pages are accessed through a search engine, it only makes sense that Google has the most access to a users web habits as a whole.

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