THE BLOG
05/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Do You Really Believe You Have Internet Privacy??

As Google launches "interest -based" ads, huge privacy issues are in question. I already knew that Google fished your emails, your calendar and your documents to target ads to you if you choose to use their "free" service, but now we've got a whole new game. Now, Google can collect data on any site you visit, provided there is a Google ad on that specific site. By tracking your behavior online, Google can effectively "target" ads to you that make sense to their bottom line. The fact that your privacy is in question is really of no concern here. The only thing that does seem to be of concern is how to make the Internet run through ad revenue.

Google isn't the first to offer "targeted advertising" by following your behavior: Yahoo and AOL are already on board. It is a sign that the user has absolutely no control as to how their information is used and distributed on the Internet. There is nothing that allows us to opt out of having our information used. In fact there is no real agreement on anything, how the information can be collected, how it can be used, how long these companies can keep it and who can pass it on to after they have used it. The lack of regulation is really what makes the user the real loser.

Pretty much everywhere you go on the Internet, websites quietly track your visit and log in your info. If you think that you may be able to send pictures or mail in privacy, think again. Facebook stores billions of photos and now there is face recognition software that can sift through the mess on the Internet and find your picture.

There really is no such thing as privacy on the Internet. If you think that you can browse the web anonymously, you can't. There is always someone watching.