Ask for Privacy????

Ask.com recently announced a new privacy policy called AskEraser. All of your search terms and session cookies are erased after a few hours and there is no record of your activity with a few exceptions. The most obvious is if there’s a court order to keep your records,they will.

The other exception should be equally obvious, when you click a link to another page, that site is beyond the control of Ask.com so all of the cookies, malware and cache images of pictures which come from that site are maintained in index.dat files on your machine.

I took a short tour to see if the search engine was so filtered that it wouldn’t direct you to tasteless sites and found out that search terms like porn, young models, young pussy and teen sex took you to some fairly tasteless sites which of course set cookies and loaded images on your machine. I even found some evidence that there was less site filtering than Google. I then checked the cache pages from the nasty sites and found that the images and scrips were being fed from the page on the original site that was in the ask.com collection of cache pages so in fact the original site was documenting your visit.

In other words, the worlds of corporate and government spying are so large that it’s difficult to do truly trackless searching of surfing. Still it’s nice to know that Ask.com has taken a step in the right direction in at least recognizing my rights to privacy and freedom of information.

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