Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Google Gets Black Mark for Privacy

In an article a month ago I raised the question "What About Privacy?" regarding Google's new "Search, Ads and Apps" strategy. I pointed out that putting your private information in the hands of a big corporation like Google, that has ties to the CIA and NSA is not a good idea. Well, it's always nice to be able to say "I told you so." but I won't gloat too much :)

It seems that an independent privacy organization in the UK (Privacy International) is not at all happy with Google's handling of our private information. In fact they have just ranked Google the worst of 20 top Internet based companies for handling privacy: Google Gets Failing Grade for Privacy.

Rather than say, "What can we do to improve?" Google proved that they are anti-privacy by attacking the messenger. For example, in his blog, Google big-wig Matt Cutts (who used to work for the NSA) suggested the Privacy International report could corrode efforts to improve Internet privacy. That's an interesting twist. Other attacks: Google accused of conducting smear campaign against Privacy International and An Open Letter to Google.

So stay vigilant my friends and think for yourself!

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