Google Grabs Your Googlies

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) has created an annoying sideline in gaining permission to access your data. Google have perfected search data capture permissions that give access to all your bits.

Until the GDPR was introduced web sites accessed a host of data to digest at their leisure and tweak their operations to capture you via a degree of subterfuge. GDPR says ‘no’ unless the website has obtained your permission to grab your bits and bytes. And theirin lies the irritation.

Virtually every search result now forces you into some data capture before you can enter their site. What’s more Google now has a pop up box that asks/forces your agreement to allow/not allow your data to be processed by Google. All good stuff they now have to ask but you get the feeling they are being too damn smart in how they pose these questions. The tick boxes or slider asks a negative question that requires a positive answer to negate the issue. In other words you have to work out if no actually means yes and vice versa.

In case you get it wrong the pop up seems to keep appearing until you answer the way Google actually wants you to, or so it seems. Getting into your Google account to edit your preferences doesn’t seem to have any lasting effect; that damn pop continues to reappear absorbing time and effort before you can view a search. Unless you use a different search engine. Now there’s a thought.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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