Google may be Big Brother

Scroogle is a screen-scraping proxy for the Google search engine that circumvents Google’s tracking of user activity via cookies. The site also allows users to perform Google searches without receiving Google advertisements. A Yahoo scraper is included. There is support for 28 languages, and Mozilla offers a Scroogle plugin for the Firefox search bar. Scroogle is operated by Google critic Daniel Brandt, who is known for his Google Watch website.

The cartoons and comments found in Scroogle pages suggest that Brandt believes that aspects of Google’s operations might have more sinister elements than the average user expects. As of March 2006, Scroogle was handling 30,000 searches per day.

Google tried to block the site [1], but the creator found methods to get around the block [2].

Scroogle view the event as being a short term public relations ploy that does not address more relevant Google privacy issues.

Scroogle: http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm

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