I came across an interesting article today claiming that Google is the Evil Empire. Here is a brief summary:
We may set one or more cookies in your browser when you visit a website.
When you access Google services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website.
Google may present links in a format that enables us to keep track of whether these links have been followed.
Google uses this same kind of software to scan for keywords in users’ emails which we can then use to match ads. When a user opens an email message, computers scan the text and then instantaneously display relevant information that is matched to the text of the message.
Google offers location-enabled services, such as Google Maps for mobile. If you use those services, Google may receive information about your actual location (such as GPS signals sent by a mobile device) or information that can be used to approximate a location (such as a cell ID).
When you send email or other communications to Google, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.
There it is, written black and white. Google tracks you and everything that you do. Maybe it’s time to start using Bing?