jastra - 12:03 am on May 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
They're only repentant because they got caught. Yes, frontpage: "How is it a mistake when Google wrote the code to acquire such data?"
I'm no lawyer, but in a former life I messed about a bit in counterintelligence courtesy of Uncle Sam. In the US the proscription against *government* intrusion or snooping is that a private citizen has "a reasonable expectation of privacy" in his affairs. I suspect that holds in most enlightened countries who bother to observe the rule of law.
These people (Google) are becoming quite arrogant. The hell with intellectual property rights and the hell with privacy.
And if you want a tinfoil hatted, black helicopter frame of reference, just how close a relationship do Google executives have with the US government in advising on Internet and Web matters? Eric Schmidt is an Obama insider. From the San Frisco Chronicle:
"Schmidt's appointment isn't exactly a surprise given that he served as an economics advisor to Obama during his transition and campaigned for him around the country."
Read more: [sfgate.com...]
Libertarians among us might get very agitated over all this. Does anybody else?