Data Privacy Day 2013 – No Digital Footprint Left Behind Tutorials

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For Data Privacy Day 2013, we decided to give more information on *how* to protect your privacy online.   Following our “No Digital Footprint Left Behind” article is ISOC’s work on:

Have you seen your digital footprint lately?

We are the raw material of the new economy. Data about all of us is being prospected for, mined, refined, and traded…

. . . and most of us don’t even know about it.

Every time we go online, we add to a personal digital footprint that’s interconnected across multiple service providers, and enrich massive caches of personal data that identify us, whether we have explicitly authenticated or not.

That may make you feel somewhat uneasy. It’s pretty hard to manage your digital footprint if you can’t even see it.

Although none of us can control everything that’s known about us online, there are steps we can take to understand and regain some level of control over our online identities, and the Internet Society has developed three interactive tutorials to help educate and inform users who would like to find out more.

We set out to answer some basic questions about personal data and privacy:

1. Who’s interested in our online identity? From advertisers to corporations, our online footprint is what many sales driven companies say helps them make more informed decisions about not only the products and services they provide – but also who to target, when and why.

2. What’s the real bargain we enter into when we sign up? The websites we visit may seem free – but there are always costs. More often than not, we pay by giving up information about ourselves – information that we have been encouraged to think has no value.

3. What risk does this bargain involve? Often, the information in our digital footprint directly changes our online experience. This can range from the advertising we see right down to paying higher prices or being denied services altogether based on some piece of data about us that we may never even have seen. We need to improve our awareness of the risks associated with our digital footprint.

4. The best thing we can do to protect our identity online is to learn more about it.

The aim of the three tutorials is to help everyone learn more about how data about us is collected and used. They also suggest things you need to look out for in order to make informed choices about what you share and when.

Each lasts about 5 minutes and will help empower all of us to not only about what we want to keep private, but also about what we want to share.

After all, if we are the raw material others are mining to make money in the information economy, don’t we deserve a say in how it happens?

Find out more about the Internet Society’s work on Privacy and Identity by visiting its website.    To find out more about Ariel’s work on Privacy, click here.

* Robin Wilton oversees technical outreach for Identity and Privacy at the Internet Society.


How To Stop G+ Searches in Google

Those who follow my blog know that few things are as important to me as Privacy.

When Google launched last week their new ‘personalized with Google+’ results, I found it to be aggravating, to say the least.   So this entry is about

How To Stop G+ Searches in Google Permanently

While clicking on the button here allows us to disable G+ searches for the current search, and perhaps the entire browser session, doing so will not prevent this for reccuring in the next browser session or after we rebooted our computers.


To stop G+ searches permanently, follow the insturctions here:

  1. First, go to

How to stop G+ Search Results in Google Home Page








  1. Then, look at the upper right hand corner of the screen, and find the ‘gear’ icon.


How to stop G+ Search Results in Google Home Page Gear

  1. Click on the gear and select ‘Search settings’.

How to stop G+ Search Results in Google Home Page Search settings




  1. The next screen is your Search Settings screen.  Scroll down until you see the section titled ‘Personal results’

How to stop G+ Search Results in Google Search Settings Page

























  1. Now, click on the button next to ‘Do not use personal results’

How to stop G+ Search Results in Google Search Settings Page Personal Results










  1. And finally, make sure you click ‘Save’, below.


How to stop G+ Search Results in Google Search Settings Page Save





















That’s it.  Now we stopped allowing Google to show G+ searches.