FBI agent #2: WHAT?!? This isn't safe! How can we continue our research if Google gives away our search history?
Recently, a patient at one of the largest Mental Institutes in New York City has escaped. He is now on the loose and is extremely dangerous. The FBI has discovered this threat and are thinking of ways to find this patient without causing panic among innocent civilians.
Google is beneficial to many.
Well, I'm out of ideas.
We can't shut down Google just because of one single flaw.
Hello fellow agents. I propose that we shut down Google.
It isn't worth going to court for if we know they will win because of their rights are protected.
The FBI presented the research team with the task of having to search about whether any news or updates on the situation comes up on the internet. They also want to know whether people have seen this patient because it can cause problems for the FBI on this top secret case.
As time goes by, some of the agents realize that ads -based on their previous searches- continuously pop up. They start to question whether the case is being kept secret or not.They look into it and find out that searches on some websites such as google can sell your search history to advertisers so that they can creat targeted ads toward you. This can be proven on Google's support website where it states, "Ad performance can be measured through ways you show interest in ads. This can include: Visiting an advertiser's website from Google Search or Swiping through or expanding images of ads on Google Search." This depicts that maybe this case in't so top secret after all.
Sir, if we continue to look for an answer, we will just be wasting more time.
I think we should stop looking.
Any luck so far, agents?
Nothing so far, sir.
The agents call the president with this dilemma, however he was of no help. The agents started searching about people who've had the same experiences and saw headlines such as,“Several major online advertising companies have joined together to give users the option to avoid targeted ads while browsing.” These articles proved to them that they weren't the only ones with these problems. There were people everywhere that were trying to stop ad tracking.
The FBI was very troubled; they couldn't sue Google since their rights were protected, they couldn't continue the search on a different electronic because they would encounter the same problem, and they needed to keep a low profile since it would be unprofessional to tell the citizens that there is a crazy man who could approach them and that they should try and turn him in.
The FBI agents started thinking about how controversial this issue may actually be not only for them, but for others as well. The team set a goal that they would overcome this issue and find an answer for generations to come; they were no longer looking for a temporary solution. However, a few days later the agents still hadn't found an answer and realized that time was running out.