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Yesterday I've recived a license renewal e-mail from licenze'at'enjoy.eset.com (ITA), in the recipient there was a hyperlink (renew now) to https://enjoy.eset.com/pub/cc?_ri_= ...(tracking UUID)... , the link resolves to a Google server IP (109.113.201.35.bc.googleusercontent.com ).

For privacy and security reasons I'm blocking all Google Ip ranges and domains, so no connection was made.

My question is: why license renewal process must pass trough Google data gathering?

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1 hour ago, Enrico said:

Yesterday I've recived a license renewal e-mail from licenze'at'enjoy.eset.com (ITA), in the recipient there was a hyperlink (renew now) to https://enjoy.eset.com/pub/cc?_ri_= ...(tracking UUID)... , the link resolves to a Google server IP (109.113.201.35.bc.googleusercontent.com ).

It doesn't resolve for me. All I get is a blank web page:

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UUID was removed from the link, that's why you see a blank page. You can visit this page https://eshop.eset.com/it/eset/renewal/ and see dns logs.

Strangest thing is that I load the international page

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But clicking "renew" leads to eshop.eset.com/it/eset/renewal/ and relative connections to google servers.

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Another strange thing: different languages=different third parties involved in user tracking (some localizations like french and dutch are more privacy friendly).

Funny that to purchase the license of a software that I use to protect me from Google (& friends) tracking I must use Google servers.

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2 hours ago, Enrico said:

ou can visit this page https://eshop.eset.com/it/eset/renewal/ and see dns logs.

There's other stuff on the web page other than just Google nasties. BTW - this link took me directly to the Eset Italy web site:

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This "google is everywhere" thing is getting ridiculous, I cannot even open a support request because of goolag recaptcha.

Somebody can help me finding a license renewal process that not involves giving personal data to google?

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3 hours ago, Enrico said:

This "google is everywhere" thing is getting ridiculous, I cannot even open a support request because of goolag recaptcha.

Somebody can help me finding a license renewal process that not involves giving personal data to google?

the captcha verification is a method of distinguishing real humans from scripted bots. there are other methods, for example, dragging a small puzzle image to it's correct position, but that implementation depends on the website owner.

also, renewing the eset license has nothing to do with google, google won't "steal" your key

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Google reCaptcha is a data stealer tool https://www.fastcompany.com/90369697/googles-new-recaptcha-has-a-dark-side https://www.termsfeed.com/blog/privacy-policy-recaptcha/ .

The ITA website is hosted on Google servers (first connection is made to 35.201.113.0/24).

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BTW: because of professional needs I've had to disable firewall rules, hosts and reconfigure FF in order to purchase the renewal. Now EvilCorp is blocked again.

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