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Google Creepy Line Policy

yeah, it's creepy

   
1:49 am on Oct 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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More Schmidtisms:
Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, has described his company’s policy: “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

Schmidt was talking to The Atlantic about the possibility of a Google implant – a chip under your skin that would track you and provide easy web access. That, Schmidt said, was probably over ‘the creepy line’.

However, he followed that by saying: “With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about."


Read Full Story [blogs.telegraph.co.uk]

ps. Note the word "probably".

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9:53 pm on Oct 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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We once had a king in England who spoke to the English Channel (it ignored him). Talking to the Atlantic is very impressive! :)
8:43 pm on Oct 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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They probably have a creepiness algorithm, because that's the only way policy decisions can be scaled effectively.
9:14 pm on Oct 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Eric... know what I'm thinking now?
12:50 am on Oct 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I think Eric is positioning himself so he gets his own calendar of quotes, one like George W. Bush had, where every day you see the date and one of his famous sayings. For example, on the GWB calendar you would find that he once said:

"There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again."

and on the Eric Schmidt calendar, you would see:

"We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are."

Bush makes me laugh... Eric just kinda' scares me...

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Eric is not scary, just cut your ties with the gorb and his pedestal will soon crumble.
Lunatic asylums are full of gods, napoleons and adolfs.
9:47 am on Oct 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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he wants to turn us all into cyborgs. he'll get access to our brains. then we all be at his mercy.
3:10 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Problem is the "creepy line" is at different places in different countries.
5:02 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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...a chip under your skin that would track you and provide easy web access.


Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
5:23 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Eric Schmidt went from this:

"Don't be evil." Googlers generally apply those words to how we serve our users. But "Don't be evil" is much more than that. Yes, it's about providing our users unbiased access to information, focusing on their needs and giving them the best products and services that we can. But it's also about doing the right thing more generally -- following the law, acting honorably and treating each other with respect.


To this rather quickly:

"...a chip under your skin that would track you and provide easy web access."
5:38 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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@jecasc, the creepy line is in different places for different people.

@Kelowna, ID cards, social security numbers, passport numbers.... that happened long before Google.
6:02 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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All this keeps people talking about his company. ;)
6:07 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)



Social Security is part of public benefits, while Google is profit driven.
6:36 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Eric Schidt (misspelling intentional) wants to know where *we* are, but will we know where *he* is?

Who knows what evil lurks in the minds and hearts of men? Only the Shadow knows. Bwahahahahahahaha......
7:28 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)



It would be funny if....
I cant think of the circumstances where this would be the case though.

I wonder what a psychiatrist would think of that kind of belching.
7:42 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google crossed the creepy line when they decided to keep all our information for an indefinite period of time.
7:52 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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In my experience telling people you know what they're thinking usually leads to them changing the way they think.
8:19 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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So, what he says is basically: "Implant a chip in you brain? Nah, we don't need that, we anyway know already what you are thinking about."
9:34 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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@MrHard, I can opt out of tracking Google uses. I cannot opt out of tracking the government uses.
9:43 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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@graeme_p
That's why there are all kind of checks and balances for the government. There are none so far for big G.
10:42 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Ya think it was over the line?

STICK TO SEARCH RANKINGS ALREADY.

Sorry for the caps, it's like the message needs to be yelled lately.

The government did this to newborns without consent a long time ago using radioactive iodine, bad idea then and bad idea now, not that anyone thinks the government isn't tracking people anyway with other things like RFID's.

Question - Is "the creepy line" where public disclosure ends and projects continue in the name of "research"? Eric's in deep with government/military types, perhaps he should answer that? Even testing the waters on "chips in our bodies for google to track" shows complete lack of... something, err, lots of somethings.

From Mr.S
We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.

Less, trust me.
4:27 am on Oct 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Oh no. I can see John at Consumer Watchdog firing up a new ice cream truck ad! What we have here is a mad man, knife in hand, chasing people up. LOL. Somebody stop that evil ice cream man!
7:25 am on Oct 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Does the "sick" line come before or after the "creepy" line? This kind of thing is one reason I'd never get a Droid phone. If they were to supply software to run those driverless cars on a mass scale and hey (just like the cell carriers and everyone else who thinks Google is giving them "free" stuff), what car manufacturer (or average consumer for that matter) would turn down being able to offer or buy a car that will drive itself with no charge for the software? At home, Google, on the go, Droid, on the Road, the GoGhoul car.

Do straight jackets come as part of the executive compensation package?

I have no doubt that they probably could do stuff like this if nobody puts the breaks on (and if it means more money for shareholders then why would anyone put the breaks on?). Google is kind of like the old Bell Labs with plenty of cash for R&D, except Bell Labs advanced things in a good way, not so sure about Google.
7:59 am on Oct 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I had written a (I thought) pretty good comment regarding Elites like Schmidt giving the Sheeples what the Elites like him wanted ala for the Sheeple back in 1936-39 and lost the comment (or was deleted by modghods, which I don't think happened... I think I just clicked wrong while dealing with a client, etc.) However. I'll keep it light this time around. The Creepy Line is getting thinner and...with Google's vaunted automation, getting that much quicker to the Kool-Aid. The Sheeple don't care as long as they have cud to chew.

Working on my first year WITHOUT Google. Happy (really happy nine months in) so far.
9:34 pm on Oct 12, 2010 (gmt 0)




Working on my first year WITHOUT Google. Happy (really happy nine months in) so far.


The problem I see is that no one can really opt out. If it occurs on the internet, Google has visibility to probably 80 or 90 percent of it. It seems that they are filling more and more gaps each year. I don't see how it is possible to use the internet without Google tracking you.
12:46 am on Oct 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Exactly ron15, when it was suggested that facebook should block google Eric S. claimed that Google had methods of getting the data anyway, which is also creepy and a sign Google is being led by someone who does not respect privacy.
5:10 pm on Oct 13, 2010 (gmt 0)



LOL - One of the lines that gave me the creeps in this thing....

"With your Permission..."

It should say...

"Since you chose NOT to read the pages and follow all the links in our completely broken up and buried Privacy Policy..."
7:24 pm on Oct 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It's over the creepy line ... for now.

New motto: "Dont Be Evil, Just Creepy"
8:55 pm on Oct 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thumbs up, physics, for distilling thread to exactitude! :)
2:28 pm on Oct 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Mr S doesn't need to read more than one post in this thread to know that paranoia is alive and well and probably wearing a false beard and reading "The Atlantic" with a brown paper cover.

Reading the whole thread is enough to give anyone nightmares.

If he wants 'creepy', this seems to be the place to be!

Do you guys really believe all this stuff?
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