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Leaving Personal Trails

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Head over to this SparkPeople link and read about what researchers and marketers can tell about you from your Google browsing history or your Facebook 'likes'.

www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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p?health_day=674295


If for some reason that doesn't link you to the article, the title of it is "Facebook 'Likes' Leave a Personal Trail, Study Warns:
Individual beliefs and even intelligence can be gathered by others, raising privacy concerns, researchers report" by Barbara Bronson Gray,
HealthDay Reporter, Monday, March 11 (HealthDay News).

I usually use Yahoo as my search engine, and those marketing ads at the side of my computer screen really annoy me sometimes. I took a trip to New Orleans months ago, and I'm still getting ads about hotels there.

There are so many ads on all the articles we read on SparkPeople, and I just accidentally clicked on one while reading that one. Wonder how many ads I'll start getting about footwear now?

And we should never forget: These blog entries that we're writing are out there on the Internet and can be easily found with a search engine. A couple of years ago I cited a quote in one of my blogs, saying that I was unsure of the author, and the author contacted me.

If any of you know of a privacy setting to make these SparkPeople blogs able to be seen only by SparkPeople members, please let me know!
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  • MCJULIEO
    How very interesting.... And SCARY!

    (Have a great Spring Break!)
    2951 days ago
  • SUSANNAH31
    I don't think you can make your blogs private.
    What some people have done here is make their pages private- just available to SP friends. Others have stopped blogging altogether. It's a real shame.

    At least on SP we can keep our identities private. That is not the case on FaceBook.

    That is very interesting that the author contacted you. What a surprise!

    2952 days ago
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