The graphic above shows what you see on each blank page when you go into this mode.
The irony of this helpful message is not lost on me, given the ongoing discussion around PRISM and Google's role in surveillance activities by the NSA. Neither is that irony lost on some of my Twitter pals:
@dahowlett They should've added a sixth bullet: Obama.
— Henrique Pinto (@henriquespinto) July 12, 2013
Quite. But as analyst Holger Mueller pointed out:
@dahowlett Yes good sense of humor. Good to see it's alive. No mention though on what Google tracks when incognito - right?
— Holger Mueller (@holgermu) July 12, 2013
The less than cynical part of me wants to believe that Google is subtly telling us how to avoid 'surveillance by secret agents' but even so, one has to wonder. And I'm not sure that the additional notes Google issues provide much clarity. Especially since the guidance note is dated October, 2012.
It's all a matter of trust. Google has a lot to lose. Will we see this kind of functional option embedded into the Chrome browser as the default option? I would not be surprised. Do I trust Google anymore today than I did yesterday? No. But what do you think? Take the poll and let us know.
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