People’s Deepest, Darkest Google Searches Are Being Used Against Them

Google knows the questions that people wouldn’t dare ask aloud, and it silently offers reams of answers. But it is a mistake to think of a search engine as an oracle for anonymous queries. It isn’t. Not even close.

In some cases, the most intimate questions a person is asking—about health worries, relationship woes, financial hardship—are the ones that set off a chain reaction that can have troubling consequences both online and offline.

  • Clink9

    Tell me about it. All I see are ads for “men’s stiletto heels” and “midgets”.

    • Me too!

      • Exile1981

        Of topic but I just laughed at a client, he offered me a 6 month contract to do work for them…. in Saudi Arabia in Ar’Ar on the Iraqi border.

        • Clausewitz

          For God’s sake don’t do it. I made that mistake in my Telecom days. Worst year in my life.

          • Exile1981

            Hence why I laughed, all my clients know I won’t do work outside North America. I have a wife and kids so no way would I be that stupid. Besides that is an area were the ISIS idiots are close to the border. I’m not suicidal.

          • Justin St.Denis

            You too?!? I learned to genuinely hate the Middle East by experiencing it firsthand. Camel jockeys doesn’t begin to describe the savagery of ME populations…

        • Clink9

          Infidel for hire.

          • Exile1981

            I’m not into being beheaded so I’m pretty sure my online posts would be punishable by death in that country.

          • Clink9

            Yep, sounds like just about everything is punishable by death there. It’s how they roll.

    • Brenda

      I see ads for Asian mail-order brides. And I’m not a man.

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  • mauser 98

    face recognition cameras search FaceBook in dept. stores , casinos etc for years

  • terrence

    I use Google Chrome – it used to fast; I also downloaded its ABP (Adblock Plus), which really does block ads – i never see any when I am Chrome

    • Exile1981

      is there an ad block for android phones?

      • terrence
        • Exile1981


        • Exile1981

          i switched browsers and added in ad block. very fast loading and no annoying face book pop up.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Sort of. It’s a proxy reroute in lieu of a client side list. It’s pretty cumbersome. But for an actual browser look for #NoChromo. It’s got an adblocker built in. Not available on the Google Play though.

  • Tom Forsythe

    It was research. Important research.

  • David Murrell

    Catman, isn’t the posted pic that of the Eloi, in the 1960 movie “The Time Machine”, fom the novel by H.G. Wells? Don’t the Eloi represent today’s liberals? Lazy, stupid and unread?

  • Bataviawillem

    One single e-mail with one question about turtle cair, to a colleague of mine, by his sister, who was pet sitting his turtle, triggered an avalanche of pet care ad’s within an hour.
    That’s how deep this go’s.

  • FactsWillOut

    You mean they’re actually trying to sell stuff to people???
    Oh, the horror…