Is the Cookie Monster saving your kinky search strings?
Exceler8ion tells us that Google is spying on you.
Google maintains a lifetime cookie that expires in 2038, and records the user's IP address.
But more recently it has begun to integrate services which record the user's personal search history, email, shopping habits, and social contacts. (The Register)
They tell you how to get rid of the Google cookie here.
And, here's Anonymizing Google's Cookie.
Here's a 2004 article called Google Mail Is Evil.
Is This A Real Issue?
Dave Carpe, Research Guru, comments:
CustomizeGoogle.com (for Firefox users) controls the cookie completely and erases tracks...
And elgoog services will still work even with that manipulation from the customizegoogle hack...
But this is par for the course, I think. Yahoo has had "web beacons" for years and years.
In elgoog's case, I'm only gonna worry when they start telling me that I gotta give 'em a hair and urine sample to use their services.
Opt out of Yahoo Web Beacons
Yahoo is now using something called "Web Beacons" to track Yahoo Group users around the net and see what you're doing and where you are going - similar to cookies.
About half-way down the page, in the section "Outside the Yahoo! Network", you'll see a little "click here" link that will let you "opt-out" of their new method of snooping.
Once you have clicked that link, you are opted out. Notice the "Success" message the top the next page. (medmusings)