To inform entertain and excite my kids, Jamie, Patrick, Aaron & Sarah Middleburgh, our family and friends.about me
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WAS I PISSED!! YOU BET! I have just discovered that YouTube was holding my viewing and search history for the LAST 6 YEARS!! I had read an article which suggested checking out Google Dashboard ....so I did....and was shocked!!!.
In truth I was more upset with myself for not being on top of this rather than with Google/YouTube although I have grave concerns about the depth of data held and its accessibility. In fairness Dashboard is a quite laudable attempt by Google at transparency and does provide tools to manage the data. In practical terms I immediately deleted both my YouTube viewing and search history, switched off (paused) future data capture and changed my account password.
My concern stem from the simple question "who benefits and how (from holding this data)?" As far as I can see there are four potential "beneficiaries"
My issue is with Google/YouTube providing a consolidated user centric view through Dashboard is this. I have no confidence that the my account password has not been /will not be cracked. This opens the possibility that someone may access my history and exploit it against me or my family. Now as it happens I checked my history carefully before deleting it and there was nothing in there I would be ashamed of etc.... but that's not the point. By saving history and making it easily accessible in one place YouTube/Google exposes a user to a potential risk.
I tend to be of the same opinion as John Mcaffe who "issued a call to arms against Google during the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. He said, “Google … would like us to believe that if we have nothing to hide, we should not mind if everybody knows everything that we do. If everybody knew everything about everybody else, what would human behavior become? We cannot have intrusions into our lives and still have freedom. And freedom is all I have. And it’s all you have, if you think about it.”"
So I thought ... F**K 'EM NO HISTORY HERE!! with the exception of the view history where other people have viewed my videos. I left that switched on even though 2 were of a political nature, mocking Nigel Farage (YES I AM A EUROPHILE AND I DON'T CARE WHO KNOWS IT !!)|