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Recently, I wrote about the data breach at a Google service, and how Google compromises your privacy. Thanks to Bill G. for alerting me to this Boing Boing blog post.

Boing Boing reviewed the new book by Greg Conti titled, "Googling Security: How Much Does Google Know About You?" You can remove the question mark, since Google knows a lot about you, and probably far more than you realize:

"Conti enumerates all of Google's (often fantastic) services, describes how compelling they are, and then notes what information you disclose when you use them -- even when you only use them inadvertently (say, when you send email to someone with a Gmail account, or when you load a bookmarked Gmap that's been sent to a group of logged-in Google users, thus tying yourself to those users as part of the same group)."

The review was favorable:

"Conti's explanations are extremely accessible, even when discussing difficult and counter-intuitive subjects like cross-site scripting and cookies. Likewise accessible are his concrete recommendations for staunching the flow of personal information from your computer into Google's records. Finally, Conti does a great job of explaining why people who "have nothing to hide" might still want to keep their information to themselves... I've given the subject of privacy and Internet use a lot of thought, but even so, Conti's book opened my eyes to potential risks I'd never considered.

Put this book on your holiday gift list. It's on mine.


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