How to get rid of Google APIs

From Reddit:

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I have a few questions about googleapis.com and how to block privacy-endangering web software. I am a backend software developer and Debian user, but I have no real clue about today’s web software; so when what I write is a bit naive, please don’t hesitate to correct me.

The motivation for this is that if Google runs unwanted code in chromium (as is being discussed widely right now), I should better assume that it would run unwanted code in my browser and that using Google’s web software in any case supports excessive data collection and user tracking that I don’t want. I want to stop that.

Frankly, nobody seems to care anymore about privacy.

If you complain or want to retain your privacy rights, you are marginalized, cordoned off and denied access. Or people will say Google is not the only one doing this, blah, blah. Problem is Google is the worst, having gone so far in collecting data, the fight for privacy is all but over.

Pick up a piece of technology and you give up your right to privacy. Do you doubt this? Well then, just stop for a moment and read the privacy policy for your latest app download or that popular website that you visit.

For the vast majority of users, scoring “free” technology is far more important than privacy. Google has proven this again and again with their business model.

“Cool” technology that is free?

Nope.

Google is selling all that data they are collecting to private companies and possibly to certain governments.

Oops.

Why would the government be interested in what people do online?

Nah, we must be nuts for thinking such things!

How to get rid of Google APIs

Short answer, you can’t.

Even on the Reddit website where the question was asked, the Reddit web designers have decided to use Google APIs.

But it is not just Reddit…

Almost every website uses Google APIs to host content.

It is so prevalent that it must not be an accident. Lots of smart people working at Google.

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Google now sees all and is moving to expand Google Glass into contact lenses and wearable tech.

What is outrageous is that companies, that are in direct competition with Google or their business model, are willingly sharing subscriber information with Google.

Is your company relying on Google servers to deliver:

  • javascript
  • fonts
  • code libraries
  • advertisements
  • web statistics
  • analytics
  • videos
  • mobile websites
  • engagement tracking
  • email
  • android devices
  • voice and voicemail services

If you are using any of the above (you are), then you are sharing vital information with Google about your person, your business or your customers.

If you are a business and are selling out your customers like this, then who cares if you can get away with it…

Right?

Read a detailed example about a company sharing information with Google about their subscribers and their activities.

Here’s a question: What if, God forbid, Google servers are hacked or otherwise interrupted?

Where is that disaster plan?

On that day, much of the Internet and many websites will go dark.

Here is another question: What if Google wants to charge for using their servers at some point in the future?

Here is a hint, it will happen when there is no easy way for web developers to go back to self-hosted apps or content. It has already happened with mobile apps (think app store controls) and it is gradually happening with web apps and hosted content.

Do you actually know where this is headed?

Just what exactly is the logical conclusion to all of this?

What to do about Google APIs and the impacts to privacy?

Pretty pointless question at this point, because nobody seems to care.

The pull of cool or free technology is too great.

However as a web developer, you can take a stand in your little world of websites and network of websites.

It would require you taking extra steps to ban Google from the websites you develop and manage. This is not easy, because Google has their hooks into almost everything. Web templates which grant you “speed to market” are embedded with Google spyware. As is WordPress and most WordPress themes and frameworks.

Wait a minute…

Did we just slip up and type “Google spyware“?

Oops.

Totally meant to type, “Google APIs“.

Sorry about that!

Back on message for what to do:

See the list above for the “helpful” services Google offers for “free”. Yes you will have to source real solutions and not rely on free solutions from Google, who gives with one hand and takes with the other.

Now do you think, privacy is dead??

Message to Fiverr on sharing of Customer Data with Google and Facebook


A message to Fiverr in the same vein as what was posted about ooma.

These companies just do not get it.

So they abdicate important technology decisions to lazy software developers.

Fiverr is not the only one doing this, but this Google grab is getting ridiculous and good companies are falling for it hook, line and sinker.

Why would Fiverr wittingly or unwittingly help Google to gain more data about their customers?

In short, Fiverr can exchange customer data with Google to gain the benefits of free and fully tested web software packaged up nicely in “cloud based” libraries. And then companies that do this can later claim, we did not know we were sharing customer data with Google. All the while they save money on development by taking the Google handout at the customer’s expense.

Want to know why your SEO is no longer working.

All your bases belong to …

Lame.

I can not log into Fiverr with my browser of choice.

Fiverr has “upgraded” the website since we last logged in. Which has really dumbed things down.

Your website now requires information sharing with Google and Facebook.

Seriously.

By “leveraging” the hosted libraries from third-parties, you are selling out your users.

Do you realize that you are sharing your customer information with these third parties?

We do not do business with Google and much of what we use Fiverr for with respect to online marketing is not something we want disclosed to third parties. Especially Google.

You need to rethink your whole development model in partnership with Google hosted libraries.

And we can not log in using Mozilla Firefox latest.

We like Fiverr services and have been using for a long time, but you now have an unacceptable website which abdicates key parts of your business (software libraries) to third parties, especially Google.

What if Google’s libraries go out of service? Your website like many others will be crippled.

Good luck with that.

And no, I will not be providing more details or give you free consulting.

Figure this out with your lazy development team.

Walnut Creek Web Designer – Videos

Video marketing is an important element of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Watch these videos for hiring a web designer in Walnut Creek, California which is located in San Francisco Bay Area, specifically the the East Bay or Contra Costa Costa County.

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Keep in mind that YouTube is owned by Google so it is great for SEO, but YouTube is not the only marketing channel for videos…

Big companies like Google and Facebook quickly monopolizing the Internet

Posted by “Harvey Wasterein” on the Jon Loomer’s blog – http://www.jonloomer.com/2014/09/17/facebook-custom-audiences-no-scraping-uids/

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I have noted two types of marketers or marketing commentators – there’s the Moz crowd who seem effusive about everything the big boys do and report it to us with baited breath, implying that we should go along too. Thus Moz and those like them were busily telling us, without any intelligent or dare I say ethical considerations, that putting your mug on your posts and google+ profile and anywhere else was GREAT because it proved authorship and would get you higher rankings. The fact that the powers that be are raping the internet for all your info, including running facial recognition algorithms, made absolutely no appearance in their breathless praise for getting in on the authorship SEO express. Edward Snowden appears to have made little inroads in the cogitations of these kinds of marketers.

Those kinds of marketers, the first kind, run around telling us that anything the big boys do is fine – they’re THE RULES, the law. These people then start telling us that these rules are ethical no less, not because these people have deep philosophical understanding of ethics but rather because they are the sort inclined to kiss arse and call it ethics.

The other kind of internet marketers – a group I’m inclined to support – are altogether more guerilla style and less respectful of these entirely limited and highly contingent demarcations of ‘ethics’ and what is ‘proper’.

The reason being, almost everywhere you go now on the net you meet closed doors, gateways, rules telling you first and foremost that you’re not allowed to do this and not allowed to do that. The big boys meanwhile are becoming much more aggressive in demanding things from you – several times recently I have been unable to sign up for a service because they demanded – DEMANDED – my mobile phone number before being allowed the privilege of giving them money to do business with them

The internet is global and huge but its domination by a stable of large players has created the entirely false impression that we’re all facing tremendous competition and difficulty in simply marketing something. The truth is that they’re falsely closing down the opportunities left, right and centre. You don’t have this feeling when doing door to door sales where huge opportunity exists is you just get off your arse and go out there. The same feeling is increasingly being removed from the web by large, self-interested corporations and replaced by a ridiculous sense of narrowing opportunities – ridiculous because the net is in fact so big.

So Jon, while I would agree that pragmatically one should probably desist from this practice in order not to be banned, privileging Facebook’s self-serving movements in this area as ‘Ethical’ is just one ass-kiss too far in my book.

I would add that it is beholden on marketers as it is on other IT professionals to imagine the traffic opportunities available in a more distributed P2P system – innumerable local internets, local communities digitally connected, no centralising ISP or centralising online service monopolising all the traffic, keeping all the logs or dictating what the rules are for reaching out to others. Greater internet sovereignty and great opportunities.

Those who stand on the sidelines and cheer for the way things are and every development along that way as if it is inevitable or desirable should step back and critique that side. They are involved, even though marketers like to think they’re just after the money so forgot the other stuff. But insofar as they are IT professionals or citizens, they are involved and can shape the net. Indeed they must shape it. The alternative is monopoly.

Intent by Google and Mozilla Cronies to Deprecate HTTP

A suggestion on the Mozilla Dev forum aims to deprecate HTTP in favour of HTTPS. Has it really come to this? Browser devs dictating the protocols we use? Of course, it is all in the name of freedom.

http://www.i-programmer.info/news/86-browsers/8494-intent-to-deprecate-http.html

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