The question remains…can it be done?
Can you ever become anonymous with the continual requests for your phone number and or email address at the grocery store at the iTunes store, Amazon site or any other place on the web that you might want to visit?
Most of the tracking of your behaviors go back to wanting to know your preferences for everything…for whatever you search for on the web.
When offered a new app that is offered as being a convenience for your “busy life” or to help you become more efficient is just a disguise for data mining purposes…your data…your info.
Not that a phone number or email is even needed to track where you are and what you are doing…you need only to have a cell phone or hey…even just a residence…Google will find you.
There are a few sites out there sharing how to hide your personal information from Google search results…simply search for “hide from Google search results”. According to Bloomberg News, Google said it’s received as many as 70,000 requests involving the removal of some 250,000 Web links in the five weeks since it posted its online tool to handle applications from people who want to be forgotten.
The UK and the European Union is currently in a tussle with Google about this very issue. We know that China asked Google to remove or censor information from Chinese citizens and Google complied but in the case of the UK’s “right to be forgotten” the court has decided in part; “European Union law: Article 1, has the object of protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons, and in particular their right to privacy with respect to the processing of personal data, and of removing obstacles to the free flow of such data and in recital 2 it states: … data-processing systems are designed to serve man; … they must, whatever the nationality or residence of natural persons, respect their fundamental rights and freedoms, notably the right to privacy, and contribute to … the well-being of individuals;
The new issue is not only how to implement and enforce the law but will Google abide by the ruling?
I know that this is now getting a bit technical and dry but just know that there is some momentum generating out there about the boundaries of privacy and the limits of free flow of information.
Continue to be protective of your information and remain vigilant with self-screening of information you post, share or use for “convenience sake” it may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.