Google’s sinister side

Google's sinister side

Last week, I did a blog entry looking at the latest Google privacy breach where its Street View cars were going around picking up web addresses, emails and passwords from an unsuspecting public. At the time, Google said it was all a terrible mistake and would never happen again.

How sincere was that apology? Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt has a different view. In an interview, republished here, Schmidt says there's no issue. You have a problem with the Street View car snooping on you? Then move. "Street View, we drive exactly once, So, you can just move, right?"

This is the man who suggested that no decent personhas a right to secrets. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." And who once said that if people want to hide their youthful indiscretions, all they have to do is change their name.

Google is showing us its sinister side, says Shane Redmond in The Telegraph. It's another step over the creepy line.


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