@David Re: Has anyone read
Have I used Google services?
Most of Google is blocked at the router.... googletagservices, google-analytics, doubleclick, googleadservices, googlesyndication, googletagservices. Unfortunately ajax.googleapis.com is allowed, it breaks to many websites if blocked.
Other Google services such as gstatic and googlemaps are allowed on a per site basis. I sometimes search using Google. I did write a scraper similar to Scroogle for search but Google keep changing the tags around their search results and I got fed up of updating my code.
I use a Gmail address for registering at websites, I last checked mail there over a month ago. I only allow Google to set session cookies. So I guess the answers is yes I do use Google. I don't think they use me much though.
Citing the bad practice of one company as an argument for the bad practice of another seems illogical to me.