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LINK: Google Web Accelerator sparks privacy fears
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 08.05.05 - 17:38:10 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10831x
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ZDNet UK reports about a serious security issue with Google's lately released Web Accelerator.

On a Google Labs discussion group, one user said that the security implications of Google caching details of Internet sessions were unacceptable:

"I went to the Futuremark forums and noticed that I'm logged in as someone I don't know. Great, I've used Google's Web Accelerator for a couple of hours, visited lots of sites where I'm logged in. Now I wonder how many people used my cache. I understand it's a beta, sure, but something like that is totally unacceptable."

Google was not immediately available for comment, but said in a Web site statement that the service can receive information such as the user's IP address, computer and connection information, and "personally identifiable information", such as an email address.

Wow, this just approves my mistrust I have written about before. Caching is a nice thing as long as my privacy is respected but if even my login details are cached, privacy can not be respected at all.

Cheers ~ Arne

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