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@superferret22 said in Why did you dumb down Opera to something I no longer have a reason to use?:
I also noticed you added various types of snooping on users, the browser sending back the pages we visited to your central servers, and this is enabled by default, one part of it, if I'm not wrong turn off only in the power user menu? So now you can't turn it off and we have to send you the pages we visit?
I have almost eliminated everything Chrome/Google off my systems because they and too many sites consider our privacy has no value, and feel it's their right to STALK us everywhere, all the time.
I am most interested in the Stalking part. How did you find Opera is sending back our Internet use data And, even if we could disable it, doesn't mean they won't follow Google, Facebook, Apple, ... and so on by ignoring the disable request anyway. The giants have jaded users trust in anything anywhere.
I agree with your comment on the sign up. I just had to agree to Opera's "optional" use of my personal data, as well as agree to the "optional" emails sent by Opera and any minions they elect to hand off my address to. Of course it took a few reads to realize that optional meant, 'Agree of get lost'.
I do see you received a reply suggestion for you get yourself a Philadelphia lawyer to read the Opera user agreements on privacy and use of Opera. It, like the rest, boils down to a simple legal extortion of 'Give up your privacy or stop using our browser - period.' It's the Internet - anything goes. We have been assimilated - resistance was futile.
I feel that the part of the response that blames it on "The web has changed, computers has changed, technology has changed." is caving in to the demands of Google and it's takeover of the Internet and control of Internet users.
I wish my expertise was with browsers. I suck with browsers. But what I do see, is that they, and web sites are all kowtowing to Google and as one SE points out, 75% of web sites are infected with Google Stalkers. Opera, being of the inbred Googie Chrome is doing a great job, IMHO, in providing another choice of browser.,, even if it's father is also it's uncle
How I wish for the days of Netscape Navigator, as it was too hard for peeps to stalk us, was more secure and worked for power users and newbies. But then again, web sites and Archie, Gopher and Altavista were honest... then corporations took over.
Just say'n s'all,