Common sense isn't.
I respect your privacy, but can't do much about protecting it, other than my small part.
As for the Google logo, their standard setup uses a link to a logo file on Google's server. The same is true for some other logos. (Whether intentionally or not) This way they log a file request, including Referer page, every time someone views a page with their logo on it. This way they can track activity of many sites other than their own. I store logos locally, or don't use logos at all, and change the links, to avoid that tracking. Of course if you actually use the Google search, or follow my off-site links, then they will follow your comings and goings at their sites (a small price for searching, etc.). I initially signed up for Google's affiliate program to get a penny per search, but I decided the obligation to cooperate with their (potential) tracking was not worth it. I decided to go with the free search link with the logo modification described above.
I signed up for Amazon referral links, but those only track you if you follow them (like any other off-site links).
I have no intention of ever sharing any collected information with anyone for anything. I also have no intention of ever sending unsolicited mass email (spam) to anyone about anything. That said, I have no control over several things, which could possibly affect your privacy. My logs are controlled by, protected by, and available to my web host's company. I think they'll protect the information, but it's beyond my control.
If you have concerns over your privacy, it's up to you to find and use an anonymizer or a proxy server, or other means. Freedom.net (firewall, banner removal, cookie jar, and form filler, pseudo-nym and encrypted email and anonymous browsing with premium version) is no more. I also recommend PGP encrypted email.
You could also try one of many VPN services. Here's a rating site (no endorsement).
As they say, use at your own risk.
|Quote of the moment|
|Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.|
|~ Arthur C. Clarke ~|
Common sense isn't.
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