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Is this scary or what?
Google’s overall goal is to have a record of every e-mail we have ever written, every contact whose details we have recorded, every file we have created, every picture we have taken and saved, every appointment we have made, every website we have visited, every search query we have typed into its home page, every ad we have clicked on, and everything we have bought online. It wants to know and record where we have been and, thanks to our search history of airlines, car-hire firms and MapQuest, where we are going in the future and when.
Would this effort make the World a better place or is there some Orwellian motive? I can't help thinking that 10 or 15 years ago any such "goal" would have created a Universal uproar.
Rearrange the following well known phrase ... "watching - brother - is - big".
I would personally rather not see government regulation get into the picture, unless it's to PROTECT the rights of companies not to be forced into disclosing their data - something that has worked nicely so far for Google's Orkut case.
US privacy groups seek "do not track" Web list
WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Nine US privacy and consumer organizations asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to create a "do not track" list for Internet users who don't want their online activities tracked, stored and used by advertising...
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... mentions were made of Google and China, which was not a privacy issue at all, it was a censorship issue.
Ted I must make it clear that I didn't suggest that this was a privacy issue. I used the China thing in response to the suggestion that Google's intentions were benign. What I was trying to do was to illustrate that, like most big corporations, when it comes to a choice between principles and targets there is no contest.
To date, I see Google's track record on data privacy as better than most data agrregators. So again, I feel Google most of all needs support for their data protection efforts and not paranoia or bashing. If their protective stance is clearly appreciated (as I think it is) then they are much less likely to roll over to any future "demands".
How much do you trust your government? How much do you trust the governments they share information with? How much do you trust governments of countries in which those you do business with operate? For example, the US government currently gets (or can monitor) all international transfers made through SWIFT (i.e., as good as all bank to bank transfers).