Google Toolbar Tracks Browsing Even After Users Choose ‘Disable’

Benjamin Edelman:

In this article, I provide evidence calling into question the ability of users to disable Google Toolbar transmissions. I begin by reviewing the contents of Google’s “Enhanced Features” transmissions. I then offer screenshot and video proof showing that even when users specifically instruct that the Google Toolbar be “disable[d]”, and even when the Google Toolbar seems to be disabled (e.g., because it disappears from view), Google Toolbar continues tracking users’ browsing.

Maybe Steve Jobs is right and “don’t be evil is a load of crap.”