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A quite new technology for the identification of users is the browser finger printing. There the browser gets identified with the help of information, which the browser hands out. Installed add-ons can belong to this. This configuration is alarmingly clear. Read more:

First I bring extracts from an article, which comes from a Catholic professor of theology, therefore from a man whom Jesus calls a wolf in sheep’s clothing, of whom we are to be wary of, for whom we are to watch out.

He writes about God’s way to know everything, and about the way how Antichrist tries to imitate God. He of course does not know Antichrist, he does even see Obama behind all the surveillance, but speaks of secret services. But the most serious difference between these two systems is completely unknown to him. About spiritual things and about the things of the kingdom of God this "man of God" has no idea at all. For this "spiritual one" something like spiritual communication by use of thought transfer, telepathy, does not exist and therefore also the complete superiority of this system compared with the miserable attempts of the surveillance people to gather information, to then have it available for control.

The article of course appears in a medium, which has made itself a name as great propaganda organ for Obama.

So therefore first extracts from the article of the little Antichrist:

 

«God, examine me and know my heart»

About the eye of God in times of surveillance

Have the internet giants, which store everything and know everything, taken the place of God? Is the eye of God, which sees everything, an organ of control? – Or would an omnipresent divine look, which rests on us, have something liberating?

Much is discussed about the hypothesis, that the modern freedom history can be read as a history of human inheriting divine attributes. Has Providence, divine main connecting thread of history, been replaced by human progress and the increase of freedom connected with it? The just deceased theologian Eugen Biser has more closely spelled out in one of his latest books, «Der obdachlose Gott» (The homeless God), the secularizing hypothesis and supported the opinion that the technological civilization little by little seizes the characteristics of God. Through space travel man obtains omnipresence; through global information technique omniscience and through bio-technique almightiness. In human grasp for divine attributes Biser sees a hidden rebellion at work, which aims at producing itself the salvation, which has slipped from the hands of the God declared dead.

One does not have to agree with the hypothesis of Biser in detail but looking at the discussion about data storage through American and other secret services or through internet giants like Google and Facebook, his reflections have received a surprising actuality. The brazen obtaining and extensive gathering of data without the knowledge of the persons affected can be interpreted as attempt to bring the omniscience, up to now the prerogative of God, into the availability of man. Profiles are made from the collected data, which make the behaviour of the ones spied upon prognosticable and calculable. From what has passed that what is to come is to be read off. With disarming openness Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, has written: «We know where you are. We know where you have been. We can more or less know what you are thinking right now.» The storage of tricky data, which the users, who have sufficiently been warned in the meantime, give away in the net in constant carefreeness, could be interpreted as usurpation of divine look, which sees everything, as secularity of the memory of God, which forgets nothing, or as new form of providence, which foresees everything.

As there have been, though, in the name of freedom, sharp protests against the omniscience of God, so also now the voices do not come to an end, which raise objections against the monopolizing of data through internet giants. The dreams of the net community – limitless communication and democratisation of living conditions – have burst; the word of the «digital injury to one’s feeling» circulates; the ghost of total surveillance goes round.

 

So this are the opinions of a "theologian." A theologian is someone who has knowledge about God, and this is exactly what these clerics, who call themselves theologians, do not have.

He then also promotes popes and "saints" of the Catholic Church and adds a playing down of the Day of Judgement.

Now still further extracts of him:

 

The exhibitionism in the net – a symptom of God oblivion? The preparedness to expose oneself; to voluntarily having been spied out through electronic eyes and ears belongs to the astonishing phenomena of the present.

They know about that the tracks, which they leave in the net, are getting recorded and stored. For many it is important not to be alone. For some people who know about what they have done and read and voyeurs are even wanted; they offer the theatre on which one can stage oneself.

Instead of strident self-staging and voluntary self-abandonment in the great waxworks, which stores everything and coolly calculates future behaviour, which forgets nothing and forgives nothing, a return to the liberating look of the divine spectator could definitely be salutary. Nonbelievers, which have their difficulties with such a spectator, could at least pretend as if he was not there, and look at the verse of the Psalm: «Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me.» (Psalm 31:4)

 

So that was the professor of theology and now extracts from another article:

 

Surfers in backsight

The hunting for user data

Just briefly in the net rummaging for shoes – and later almost every called up page is framed with shoe promotion? Cookies are of course to be blamed. But the prying biscuits are just the top of the iceberg.

Everyone leaves tracks in the net. When surfing, when online shopping or through enrolling with social networks and other services. Companies knit personalized promotion from these data. But still more severely weighs the danger that all this information could be brought together to user profiles, experts warn.

There is great interest in such data. Banks would like to know whether a customer is solvent. Insurance companies are interested in risk behaviour. And employers look out for how reliable their employees are.

"Oneself does not grasp whether profiles are made and how they are made." Nevertheless some possibilities remain to defend oneself against the concentrated rage of data collection.

The classical way how webpages identify users are cookies. That are small text data files, which webpages store with the visit of a user on his computer. Particularly stubborn and only removable with tools or add-ons like BetterPrivacy are flash cookies (LSOs). The storage of normal cookies in the browser settings is certainly simple to deactivate but not necessarily practical. "Many webpages do not work at all without cookies. That is a relatively deeply embodied technology."

Expert Florian Glatzner recommends to only permitting cookies for individual pages. In any case it is worth to set the browser so that the cookies are deleted when closing.

A quite new technology for the identification of users is the browser finger printing. There the browser gets identified with the help of information, which the browser hands out. Installed add-ons can belong to this. "This configuration is alarmingly clear," says Glatzner.

Once the user is recognized promotion industry, social networks or other companies can bring his data together. "From it results a very detailed personal profile," warns Falk Garbsch.

To prevent that one is pursued on one’s way through the net (tracking), surfers should use add-ons like Ghostery or Disconnect, Glatzner advises. A further possibility is to use two or several different browsers – for example one only for shopping and the other the rest of surfing. By the way, the Firefox add-on Lightbeam can visualize tracking.

Nevertheless there are always new technical possibilities to investigate users. "In the end it is about an arms race", says the consumer protector Glatzner. An arms race, which the user can actually only lose. "As a consumer I hardly have a chance", so Glatzner.

Internet users should therefore prepare not just technically against profile forming. "The best is to avoid tracks in the net", says data protector Weichert. One always has to accept a certain loss of comfort with it. Because data are for example brought together then when one for instance also enrols with other portal with his Facebook account.

"Facebook knows also then when I take hold of this account", explains Falk Garbsch. "I bring a supplier also further information, which allows him to collect further data about me." And also under security aspects the so-called Single-Sign-on holds risks when the access data are hacked. "When someone has my Facebook access he can go shopping for me", warns Garbsch.

Experts also see critical the use of several services of the same supplier – for example when one does not only use Google or Microsoft as search engine supplier but also for Emails, calendar, map services or as storage for pictures. The more services one has with one supplier the more information this supplier also collects"”, says Garbsch. Better is the distribution of the data on many suppliers.

Many services are certainly free – particularly with the big internet companies. But the business model then often consists of precisely the exploitation of the data of the users, for example for specific promotions, Glatzner explains. "That is then the price one has to pay for it."

 

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