Quoting starkers, reply 6Don't let the 'opt in' thing fool ya... like the Googke toolbar, this browser is quite likely to have a phone home device to track your movements.Oh, and for FF users, take a look in the bottom left corner where is says 'connecting to this or that site... you will frequently notice that you're being watched by Google Analytics while surfing the net, whether or not you have the Google toolbar or other products/services. I refuse to have anything Google on my rig, yet I'm frequently being connected to Google Analytics while I'm visiting web sites. If I knew of a way to block it I would.
Yes, Google Analytics is available to webmasters, which doesn't need the toolbar because it's part of the web page and not part of the browser. It's no secret.
Yes, Google has a "phone home" built in - it's no secret, and it can be turned off. It won't stop Google Analytics, however, since that is code in a web page and not in the browser.
This is all very well known stuff. It's not a secret.
If that was all, then fine. If you think the Gov't. isn't tracking data also, you're naive.
Face it: in the Post 9/11 (and almost, Thank G-d, Post Bush) Corporate America your data is going to be looked at by folks (some of whom) you'd scrape off your shoe so as not to drag into your house. Do you honestly believe: POTUS can't get a fence built between Mexico and the US while he's telling us he's "A war time POTUS concerned with our security" (and not cheap labor for Corporations) ? WMD's existed in Iraq and we invaded not for oil? Predator isn't at work on your email? Our wonderful young men and women returning from Iraq are getting all the care they need in suitable facilities? and on and on?
In the face of all the lies, deceit, character assassination (and on and on) mining our data is preventable by using one browser or another?
Wake up call: Browsers are made by Corporations who make a profit every time you draw a breath of the air they polluted.
I know I'll catch hell for this one! Soooo....."Lay on, MacDuff!".