Google tells us
Like other technology and communications companies, Google regularly receives requests from government agencies and courts around the world to hand over user data.
Note that “government agencies and courts”. No warrant needed.
Google … provides government agencies with e-mail communications, documents, browsing activity, IP addresses used to create an account and other data when asked.
Data from the things you search for, the emails you send, the places you look up on Google Maps, the videos you watch in YouTube, the discussions you have on Google+ are all conveniently collected in one place. It this will particularly affect Android users, whose real-time location (if they are Latitude users), Google Wallet data and much more will be up for grabs. And if you have signed up for Google+, odds are the company even knows your real name, as it still places hurdles in front of using a pseudonym (although it no longer explicitly requires users to go by their real names).
Firefox by default reports your IP and all nearby wifi systems to Google even if you are not using google search nor any google services. Thunderbird reports your IP to Google. It looks like the general was nailed because his location data was the same as one of his girlfriends, rather than the contents of the emails.
All of that data history is explicitly cross-referenced.
Since you must have a Google account for android, separate that account from all your other activities.
- Turn off Thunderbird and Firefoxs routine tattling.
- Don’t use Google accounts.
- If you must use Google accounts, for example a google account is mandatory for an android phone, create it using a proxy located in a region of hegemony different from your own, and don’t use your android account for anything else.
- Don’t use Google search for anything related to politics or money, since this is sending your searches character by character to Google. Definitely don’t use Google search while logged in to your Google account.
- Don’t use chrome, because this reports all browser activity to Google.
- Disable all durable cookies for Google
It sounds like google does not attempt to do anything clever to track you. They rely on cookies, and they do clever stuff to track the cookies.
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