It might sound strange to you that something called Google Sharing could actually protect your privacy rather than compromise it. But that's exactly what Google Sharing does; protect your privacy. By acting as a proxy service when you communicate with Google, you essentially block information from being delivered to Google. Why would you want to block information from Google or to give it false information on your Internet habits? Privacy.
From the Google Sharing Team:
"They know who your friends are, where you live, where you work, and where you spend your free time. They know about your health, your love life, and your political leanings. These days they are even branching out into collecting your realtime GPS location and your DNS lookups. In short, not only do they know a lot about what you're doing, they also have significant insight into what you're thinking."
Is this just paranoia?
Or could it be as Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, states it?
"If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place."
This Firefox plugin makes your information anonymous thereby ruining Google's attempt to spy on your movements around the web.
You don't want someone looking over your shoulder at the ATM when you're withdrawing cash. You don't want a keystroke logger collecting your login information to any site. These are both legitimate concerns that have nothing to do with paranoia or immoral habits.
Likewise, why would you want Google sniffing around in your online business? There's a certain amount of privacy that's assumed (falsely) by users who trust companies like Google for Internet searches, mail and other services.
If you're a Firefox user, grab the download and install it and start protecting yourself immediately.
Let Eric Schmidt submit his online data to Google. As for the rest of us paranoids, we'll use Google Sharing and help ruin his shady research methods.
What do you think of Schmidt's quote and the thought of Google watching your every move?