There is an option to search for “keywords monitored by DHS”: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2012/05/26/department-of-homeland-security-forced-to-release-list-of-keywords-used-to-monitor-social-networking-sites/2/
That sure doesn’t seem prudent.
Why? The whole idea is to make it harder to tell what someone is legitimately searching for, so as to not reveal useful information in creating a profile. To do that you need a really diverse set of searches, and I think you probably need a lot of them to actually hide the legitimate ones.
Yeah, I think I am (personally) more interested in the idea that advertisers (google/facebook) don’t know what I’m interested in and their digital profile of me becomes less accurate.
I don’t see how adding keywords monitored by DHS doesn’t contribute to that goal, though?
Here’s an anology: TrackMeNot seems a little like the a chameleon: The chameleon changes its color/spots to match the environment in order to avoid predators. The chameleon does not then decide that it is safe to jump up and down and make a lot of noise.
While your point is now clear, if every chameleon were jumping up and down and making a lot of noise, monitoring these searches wouldn’t yield anything, anyway. :)
It’s a different story if everyone is doing this. But I’m not trying to be altruistic by using my make traffic to help other people be less visible. I’m only trying to help myself be less visible.
Plus, if everyone does it, then the predators will have incentive to make better tools to ignore this junk.
I really like this idea. It will be interesting to see what impact it has. I’m wondering if signing into a google account would defeat the whole purpose.
There is that problem, plus if you are in Chrome, a request from an extension, even from within that browser, probably looks different from something they type into the address bar, which probably looks different from what they type into a Google webpage. So for Google I’m sure they can easily tell the difference at least from Chrome I would say almost definitely. From Firefox etc. it might hide it better, but it definitely wouldn’t surprise me if they could be filtered those searches too.