Photoshop Spying for Google - seriously?

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Jun 16, 2021 Jun 16, 2021

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OK This is what's happening to me. I open a file, named Butterfly in Photoshop & work editing it into another image for several hours. I talk to noone, I don't message anyone, YET when I log onto a web browser, immediately the first AD I am shown, is a t-shirt company selling, you guessed it, Butterflies. The exact color and species I was editing.    ... Today, I edited a squirrel into a portrait using Photoshop version 2020, and you guessed it, AGAIN the frist AD shown to me was a t-shirt with a climbing squirrel. 

I want to know HOW DO I TURN THIS OFF? I find it creepy that Photoshop is somehow communicating my file names, my photo subjects to Google / Facebook Advertising. Its just creepy. Anyone else experienced this?     Am I just super paranoise, because it just seems a little too much. I open up many photoshop files per day, all with subject matter named, possibly with met-data embeded in the images or just simple file names and it keeps on happening.    I would like to disable this.   Thoughts? Thx! 

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excuse my TYPOS above, There is no edit post feature!   

"OK This is what's happening to me. I open a file, named Butterfly in Photoshop & work editing it into another image for several hours. I talk to noone, I don't message anyone, YET when I log onto a web browser, immediately the first AD I am shown, is a t-shirt company selling, you guessed it, Butterflies. The exact color and species I was editing.    ... Today, I edited a squirrel into a portrait using Photoshop version 2020, and you guessed it, AGAIN the frist AD shown to me was a t-shirt with a climbing squirrel. 

I want to know HOW DO I TURN THIS OFF? I find it creepy that Photoshop is somehow communicating my file names, my photo subjects to Google / Facebook Advertising. Its just creepy. Anyone else experienced this?     Am I just super paranoid, because it just seems a little too much. I open up many photoshop files per day, all with subject matter named, possibly with meta-data embedded in the images or just simple file names and it keeps on happening.    I would like to disable this.   Thoughts? Thx! "

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Jun 16, 2021 Jun 16, 2021

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Where did you get the original butterfly and squirrel files? Online?

 

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Jun 16, 2021 Jun 16, 2021

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Clever, Dave 😉

 

But yeah, I've asked myself the same question on several occasions. Some of them are no doubt coincidences - all the times when there's no connection you don't think about it and just move on. But still...

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One of the original files was photographed by me and just sitting on my local drive, named "butterfly.psd " the other was a stock photo of a squirrel, downloaded at least 3 years ago and again, sitting on my local hard drive that I had renamed squirrel.psd.  . Neither were recent dpwnload or uploads, so this is why I am suddenly convinced Adobe is setting data to Google on some level. 

 

Its not the first time I've been editing with unusual image elements dropped Into portraits that later popped up. I only noticed because the butterfly and squirrel were exact same species as the images I had been editing... 

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I can't say I've noticed anything like that after using local files

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@alixfairy Heh, it's probably a coincidence but things like this have happened to me. I was visiting someone for a weekend and we were talking about a shampoo brand they use that I had never heard of. All of a sudden when I got home, I started seeing ads for that product. Crazy! I guess it was because I was sharing their WiFi? Who knows how this works. It's akin to mind reading, I think. Meanwhile, you may want to check out the options listed on this privacy page to see if you've opted out of certain collection: Adobe Privacy Center

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