Google's new CAPTCHA security login raises 'no privacy concerns'

So Google's new CAPTCHA security login fingerprints users, and yet fingerprinting is as old as the web. Basically if a browser is allowed to run Javascript, you can be inadvertently tracked by any number of means.

Browser engines and the pages fetched in them are a soup of Javascript, and why javascript is allowed to run in the very resource we get so sacred and protective about (the open web) - is entirely beyond me, and also beyond this Business Insider article.

There are countless ways fingerprinting can be subject to a whole slew of inconsistencies for what Google deems a "user of Google products". I am very much of the school of thought that one does not have to opt into arbitrary 'rules of the internet' set out by behemoth tech organizations such as Google. Count me out of their fingerprinting lark.

1.) I Google from countless IPs and I long abandoned the notion of static IPs. If a user has been Googling for terms under their home IP address for extended periods of time, articles like this will probably haunt them, and for good reason. Business Insider have done a good public service announcement. Well done, chaps!

2.) I have multiple Google shadow profiles that Google can never learn of, and if they do decide to suspend these because of 'suspicious activity' - I will make sure to cold-call their team of highly trained monkeys to find out why. I long since abandoned the notion of 'one Google account to rule them all'.

3.) In terms of beating their system or somehow managing to break their carefully contrived Turing test, I feel little or no need to. The old text captchas were always an impotent Turing test in the first place, and Google should have implemented their new fingerprinting system from the outset. Remember those mechanical turk services in India that break over 6000 captchas per hour for pennies? (They're probably out of business now, but that misses the point).


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