Tired of Google’s Spying? A New Plugin Will Sound the Alarm
July 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Are you concerned about Google’s vast tracking reach that constantly monitors your personal browsing habits? The folks at F.A.T. (Free Art & Technology) have the answer. A nifty plugin called Google Alarm that buzzes every time Google grabs your personal information. Although the plugin can’t stop your browsing information from being transmitted to Google’s servers, the program offers a user an eye-opening tally of the vast number of websites that violate your privacy.
F.A.T. describes Google Alarm, as a way to stay alert to Google’s evil reach:
“Even outside Gmail and YouTube you are constantly sending Google your information through their vast network of “tracking bugs”: Google Analytics, Google AdSense, YouTube embeds, API calls… all of this data can be used to monitor & track your personal web browsing habits. Google Alarm shows notifications, plays sound effects and keeps running stats about the % of websites you’ve visit with Google bugs present. Stay alert.”
Mashable spoke to Google Alarm’s developer Jamie Wilkinson, who says he created the program to illustrate the frightening reach of the search engine giant. Wilkinson was inspired by F.A.T.’s F*ck Google Week in Berlin. And who wouldn’t be?
“Google Alarm and F*ck Google in general are meant to illustrate how this single unregulated company now captures more information about us than any government agency ever could. When I started developing Google Alarm I was blown away to discover that 80+% of websites I visit have some kind of Google tracking bugs on them,” said Wilkinson.
F.A.T. also developed the very popular Shaved Bieber plugin that “shaves away” any and all “unwanted Justin Bieber content” that interferes with your ability to enjoy the Internet.
A no-sound workplace friendly version of Google Alarm is also available. The notification alert is somewhat ear-splitting.