How Amazon knows so much about you – and how to regain your privacy

How Amazon knows so much about you – and how to regain your privacy

Summary: My Amazon home page shows me how much the company knows about me and my online activities. Here we show you which privacy and security settings can help you reduce the information Amazon holds about you.


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Topics: Privacy, Security, Social Enterprise

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  • I have serious doubts

    I have serious doubts the Amazon hits were from adding a file to your dropbox.
    Buster Friendly
  • Clear Cookies on Exit

    On my home PC, I don't get the customized suggestions on my home page if I'm not logged in. I have my browser set to clear cookies on exit. This is a decent compromise between allowing cookies fully or denying them completely. I do get the suggestions when logged in to Amazon, but whenever I shop online, I do my business, log out, and exit the browser. I don't move to any other website until I've done this, and I absolutely do not use the multiple tabs. So far, this, along with my account settings, seems to be preventing the targeted ads on Amazon for other sites/products, and on other sites, for Amazon. I still get ads, but none of them apply to me, and are at least good for a chuckle trying to decide how they targeted that ad to me.

    I also give the most minimal information possible. As a side note, I hate when sites require my sex and/or marital status to create an account. If they do, then I lie because there is no reason other than advertising why they should know that. I pay by credit card only, so that I can use the protections built into the credit card, and wonder why anyone would give their bank account number to anyone online.
  • Probably Your Email Accounts

    Many of us who use Amazon have not seen any correlation with information outside of Amazon. But, you are correct that there could be. Meanwhile, if you use online services such as Dropbox, Google, Facebook, you have already exposed everything about you to the outside world. If you don't believe me, just read the privacy policies and the Terms of Service of every site you use regularly. Remember that the "FREE (of Charge) Internet" is not really 'free'. It runs on advertising dollars and all of these services are gathering data about you and selling your data to whomever wants it. In some cases, even if you are not a member, if you mention someone else or have a contact for a person listed, thqat person also has a dossier on them. We have heard that FB does this as they claim that all information uploaded by a member about a non-member is fair game for them. And the lawsuit about Google reading all GMAIL documents: that is covered in privacy policies and ToS. The real issue; "Who reads?"
  • Ah, but...

    ...the point is, I TRUST Amazon with my information - after all, they are not Google!
  • Huh!

    I can't see how clicking through your gallery is any better than Amazon's spying on me. Both are equally aggravating. Give your head a shake Eileen!