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Google Wants To Run Your Entire Life

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 11:12 AM
From MarketWatch
Is there an aspect of our lives that Google Inc. isn’t involved in?

It’s getting harder to find one. Consider that Google’s latest push is in the $110-billion online travel business, and it’s making its presence felt.

Google even has a bank rate comparison service (called Google advisor).
Ken TuminKen Tumin5,472 posts since
Nov 29, 2009
Rep Points: 125,708
1. Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 1:25 PM
Ever since Google started gmail with all those privacy issues involved with it, I've grown suspicious of them. I like some of their services and use them daily, but I stay vigilant and try to minimize their exposure to my private information.
darkdreamer4udarkdreamer4u178 posts since
Jun 11, 2010
Rep Points: 638
2. Monday, February 20, 2012 - 11:29 PM
People should be suspicious of Google. They try to portray themselves as a cool company, and no doubt their search engine is the finest, but 95% of their revenue comes from online advertising. They give Android away. If you have the right software you can see the beacons and code they embed on your computer, and what info they are "phoning home" with. It's insidious.

Don't forget that these are the people that "accidently" sniffed private home networks ("Gosh. How did that happen? Must have been one of the rascally Engineers.")

They are also going to hold on to your search info indefinitely under the new guidelines. That means "forever".

There's nothing wrong with making money, but Google is a greater threat to your privacy than any government agency ever was, and it's in the name of cash. Not people first. Cash. The government isn't interested in our little lives... but Google is. They've got a file on you already.
MolotovMolotov9 posts since
Feb 15, 2012
Rep Points: 76
3. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:28 AM
For a company whose motto used to be: "Don't be evil," Google sure has some explaining to do about why it seems to have deliberately bypassed user privacy protections built into web browsers, first in Safari, and now reportedly in Internet Explorer, as well.

You can easily research this issue yourself, but I will mention that one alternative I have seen recommended is the DuckDuckGo search engine, whose privacy policy emphasizes that they do not engage in any kind of tracking.
ClickClackClickClack25 posts since
Feb 7, 2012
Rep Points: 168
4. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 7:38 PM
For everyone's consideration. Here are some quotes from then-CEO Eric Schmidt regarding Google:

"We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."

"There's such an overwhelming amount of information now, we can search where you are, see what you're looking at if you take a picture with your camera. One way to think about this is, we're trying to make people better people, literally give them better ideas—augmenting their experience. Think of it as augmented humanity."

"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

"I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions, they want Google to tell them what they should be doing next."

So, yes, with leadership like that; with group-think like that; with a corporate culture like that... Yes, I'm very suspicious of Google.
MolotovMolotov9 posts since
Feb 15, 2012
Rep Points: 76