|Google Accused Of Wiretapping: May Have Significant Implications For Yahoo and Microsoft|
|The accusations, made over several years in various lawsuits that have been merged into two separate cases, ask whether Google went too far in collecting user data in Gmail and Street View, its mapping project. Two federal judges have ruled, over Google’s protests, that both cases can move forward. |
The wiretapping rulings are the latest example of judges and regulators prodding Google over privacy violations. The company is on the defensive, struggling to persuade overseers and its users that it protects consumer data, while arguing that the law is stuck in the past and has failed to keep up with new technologies.
“It’s been a bad month for Google,” said Alan Butler, a lawyer at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “What’s at stake is a core digital privacy issue for consumers right now, which is the extent to which their digital communications are protected from use by third parties.” For the most part, Google has managed to avoid major privacy penalties. The Gmail case could have broad effects, though, because nearly half a billion people worldwide use the service, and because if it is, as expected, certified as a class action, the fines could be enormous. Google Accused Of Wiretapping: May Have Significant Implications For Yahoo and Microsoft [nytimes.com]
|The company is on the defensive, struggling to persuade overseers and its users that it protects consumer data, while arguing that the law is stuck in the past and has failed to keep up with new technologies. |
I couldn't be bothered to read the article as a whole but that doesn't prevent me from commenting on that standalone statement.
In a rare instance I'll agree partially with Gooogle here (notice big G!). I agree that laws are failing to keep up with the rapid evolution of technology. Stop.
However google (short-lived), that should not mean you can have free-will as a for-profit company to exploit the slow progress. How about a level of maturity to adjust your ambitions? Laws do need to be rewritten but not in favour of a more relaxed attitude but rather in favour of citizens of all countries of the world. Society needs to be protected from those who's only purpose in life is to try to sell a product or service to consumers.
We need more balance between the necessities of commerce and a right to privacy. Period.
Equally as well Google is also failing to keep up with new moral values unfolding worldwide. America "the home of the free" is one of the last developed countries in the free world that has no federal oversight the protect citizens' privacy.
Nice to see that maybe the US Justice system will get itself back on track to once again establish itself as a role model for developing nations.
Right now, that perception has been dwindling worldwide. It's sad to see our American cousins being sold for a shilling to the highest bidder.
What say ye jury?