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|
|We shall make mistakes, but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principles. I remember that my old school master Dr. Peabody said in days that seemed to us then to be secure and untroubled, he said things in life will not always run smoothly, sometimes we will be rising toward the heights and all will seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great thing to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward.|
|~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (18821945), U.S. president. FDR Speaks authorized edition of speeches, 1933-1945 (recordings of Franklin Roosevelts public addresses), side 12, fourth inaugural address (Jan. 20, 1945), ed. Henry Steele Commager, Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington Records, Inc. (1960). |
The President reminded Americans that neither winning the war nor making the peace would be easy or without errors, but that they had to keep in mind the broader objectives and the need to try for the best results. ~
Common sense isn't.
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