Yes, I understand privacy is a goal in itself, but if nobody (as in, no humans) are aware of what it is you do, then it's not really a breach of privacy, its just a computer going like "hey lets find stuff relevant to you without your permission" which I would much rather have than "hey here's a link to Viagra whether you need it or not".
...I don't get it, you're arguing against me but you're basically agreeing with me. My point exactly was nobody is listening in on your calls. So what is there to be afraid of or hate? I feel like people just hate these "privacy breaches" based purely on principal and nothing else, when if anything they're a service to you.
And if a corporation was ever caught doing those things you mentioned, they'd be ruined. I think the chances of someone intentionally hacking into your computer to get your personal information is far more probable than a google or MS bot clicking on a link to your email address, knowing your password, and just happens to know exactly where to go to get personal information out of you. What many people like you don't seem to understand is they already had the ability to do all that stuff without listening in on your chats. I don't understand how this is suddenly a privacy problem when people WILLINGLY decide to put links to this information over the internet, even if it's only directed to 1 person.