Originally Posted by bentrinh
Go Google! Finally, if this happens, we'll ALWAYS be connected to the internet! No more war driving...
We will always be watched too, Google like the ever vigilant parent seeking to safeguard its young...
In terms of privacy, all the Internet Service Companies analyzed are sorely lacking, its just Google is the worst.
* IP addresses are not considered personal information. They do not believe that they collect sensitive information.
* Generally poor track record of responding to customer complaints. Ambivalent attitude to privacy challenges (for example, complaints to EU privacy regulators over Gmail). Privacy mandate is not embedded throughout the company. Techniques and technologies frequently rolled out without adequate public consultation (e.g. Street level view).
* Will utilise Doubleclick's "Dynamic Advertising Reporting & Targeting" (DART) advanced profiling system.
* Google account holders that regularly use even a few of Google's services must accept that the company retains a large quantity of information about that user, often for an unstated or indefinite length of time, without clear limitation on subsequent use or disclosure, and without an opportunity to delete or withdraw personal data even if the user wishes to terminate the service.
* Google maintains records of all search strings and the associated IP-addresses and time stamps for at least 18 to 24 months and does not provide users with an expungement option. While it is true that many US based companies have not yet established a time frame for retention, there is a prevailing view amongst privacy experts that 18 to 24 months is unacceptable, and possibly unlawful in many parts of the world.
* Google has access to additional personal information, including hobbies, employment, address, and phone number, contained within user profiles in Orkut. Google often maintains these records even after a user has deleted his profile or removed information from Orkut.
* Google collects all search results entered through Google Toolbar and identifies all Google Toolbar users with a unique cookie that allows Google to track the user's web movement. Google does not indicate how long the information collected through Google Toolbar is retained, nor does it offer users a data expungement option in connection with the service.
* Google logs search queries in a manner that makes them personally identifiable but fails to provide users with the ability to edit or otherwise expunge records of their previous searches.
* Google fails to give users access to log information generated through their interaction with Google Maps, Google Video, Google Talk, Google Reader, Blogger and other services.
I shutter to think the whole new level of Privacy violations Google would aspire to should they acquire the 700mhz Spectrum. After all their "bread and butter" is advertising, what better way to hone their advertisement abilities than to know every single one of us on an intimate basis. I wish google supported "Net Privacy" to the same extent they support "Net Neutrality".
At least this should provide consumers more options. I don't really care what data they're collecting on me since I have nothing nasty to hide.
Still I don't think we should be relegate to such an ideology. Privacy violations are intolerable and infringe upon our inalienable rights. Thats why we have a First Amendment...
Invasion of Privacy.--Governmental power to protect the privacy interests of its citizens by penalizing publication or authorizing causes of action for publication implicates directly First Amendment rights. Privacy is a concept composed of several aspects.160 As a tort concept, it embraces at least four branches of protected interests: protection from unreasonable intrusion upon one's seclusion, from appropriation of one's name or likeness, from unreasonable publicity given to one's private life, and from publicity which unreasonably places one in a false light before the public.161