I read a story from CNN yesterday about Privacy and the Internet, and found it quite interesting, “Some Google Employees Defect, then Rebel.” It’s a fascinating story about how companies like Google, Facebook and others are gathering “so much” stuff about us when we surf the Web, without our knowledge.
What I found interesting is that one of the employees has developed a software plugin for Google Chrome, called “Disconnect.” Disconnect allows you to approve or disapprove web sites that want to get personal information from you before you surf their site. Remember, some of the information transmitted to sites like Facebook and Google do so WITHOUT your direct knowledge. Yes, somewhere you checked a box and gave them permission, but hidden away in the fine print was their right to get the information, and then sell it to someone else. Disconnect is a way to stop that.
I realize this can limit some of our, “surfing the Internet experiences,” however, I think it is good to know when and who wants to get this information. Oh, by the way, it was developed by a former Google employee.