Time to stop using Google

Web Lead

To the editor:

(Re: @ Your LIbrary: “Technology is threatening privacy)

I would like to respond to Ann Day’s column on the increasing invasion of privacy by Google.

There is a way to do an end run that is not cumbersome. You can switch to “the world’s most private search engine”, which is Startpage.com. It does the search on Google for you, removes all identifiers and returns the information to you. Your IP address is never recorded, your visit is not logged, and no tracking cookies are placed on your browser.

Those concerned with privacy invasion also suggest that we break ourselves of the nasty habit of giving Google free advertising by saying “Google it.” Words are powerful, after all. “Search it,” or, “Look it up,” will do the job just as well.

Linda D. Morris

Big Bear Creek