Googler Quits To Build Browser To Block Google Tracking

TechCrunch reports Brian Kennish, a former Googler, quit Google a few weeks ago in order to build a browser that essentially blocks Google from tracking you.

He is now actively building Disconnect, “a browser extension for Chrome and Rockmelt that disables multiple third party data tracking while browsing.” Brian explained why he left Google to do this:

I called it quits at Google three weeks ago so I could help web users better understand the data they’re unintentionally sharing and develop tools that make it simple for them to control this data (I’ve been referring to this effort as Web 2.1, a privacy patch for the web).

This is an interesting quote from him which can be interpreted two ways:

(1) He finds a lot of opportunity in privacy.

(2) He was scared by how much Google and Facebook know about you.

(3) Or Both.

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  • http://www.southwestequipment.com Southwest Equipment

    Should I be scared after reading this??? Because I am.

  • http://LocalSearchSanJose.com LocalSearchSanJose

    Wonder if Kennish has connected with the makers of:

    “SRWare Iron: The browser of the future – based on the free Sourcecode “Chromium” – without any problems at privacy and security”

    Seems like great potential synergy.

  • http://byoogle.blogspot.com/ byoogle

    It looks like I’m late to the party, but …

    @Barry #2.

    @Southwest Yes, though locking your data down with Disconnect takes all of a minute.

    @LocalSearchSanJose No, I don’t think my main goal — protecting user privacy — is the same as theirs — well, see http://neugierig.org/software/chromium/notes/2009/12/iron.html.

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