Edward Snowden, the individual responsible for one of the most significant information leaks in US history, decided on Tuesday that it was time to call out Google’s search engine.
He posted, “Is it just me, or have search results become absolute garbage for basically every site? It’s nearly impossible to discover useful information these days (outside the ArchWiki)” on Twitter yesterday.
When I asked Snowden for clarification if he was talking about Google and he said, “I definitely mean search engines (among others), and Google is the worst by far, even w/o poor results.”
Privacy concerns: Snowden’s biggest gripe, it seemed, was with Google’s search engine being “inaccessible to anyone who cares about privacy.” He called it “hostile” since some scripts required captchas and because of page redirects for mandatory, scripts-required cookies for ad tracking and user tracking.
He then goes on to tell Google to think about try using Google “in a privacy-preserving manner.” The funny thing to me is that 10 years ago Google went the HTTPS route and stopped passing referrer data to website owners in the name of privacy. But Google did not go too far where the company itself would not collect this data. Snowden asked Googlers themselves to try to use Google Search with all scripts disabled, via a TOR, not logged in and while not using Chrome – it does not provide a good search experience, implied Snowden.