Jan. 29th, 2012

ceruleancat: (ludwig)
Following [personal profile] beccaelizabeth and [personal profile] baronjanus, I'm asking too:

Who would play me on TV?
ceruleancat: (not a daffodil)
I went looking for info on the new google privacy thing (to better inform others. I do not use a google account). Not getting any current (2012) results on a google search with the query "google privacy problems" (aside from the news section) was not surprising.
However, finding both Wiki articles to not be updated was very surprising, and suspicious.
The pages are stamped as last updated today, but there is no discussion dedicated to the new policy and its repercussions or criticism thereof.

My conspiracy bells are ringing.

Wiki on google http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google
Wiki on google crit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Google
Anyone have any input on this?
ceruleancat: (Knowledge for dinner)
This is primarily for my own future reference, to simplify informing people.

Selected quotes:

If you're Google, the single-user treatment can have some benefits to you. For example, if you have an appointment in Google Calendar, when the app alerts you about it, it can also tell you if you're going to be late for the meeting based on location and traffic information it gathers from other Google apps.

On the other hand, some people may find it creepy that Google is keeping tabs on their locations and appointments.



Google Policy Manager Betsy Masiello "explains that a number of Google services -- search, maps, and YouTube, for example -- can be used without persons identifying themselves through a login. For services that require logins, a number of tools and options are available to reduce the data being collected by Google.

Google isn't collecting more data from its users under the new policy, Masiello maintains. "Our new policy simply makes it clear that we use data to refine and improve your experience on Google—whichever products or services you use," she writes. "This is something we have already been doing for a long time."


"The lack of opt-out means users cannot pick and choose which data they want integrated into their Google profiles. Private e-mail messages might contain any number of personal, embarrassing, or otherwise damaging information, and Google’s attempts to amplify and contextualize this information through targeted ads, Maps suggestions, or Calendar reminders could have negative consequences for users."


"Google's announcement raises questions about whether consumers can opt out of the new data sharing system either globally or on a product-by-product basis. We believe that consumers should have the ability to opt out of data collection when they are not comfortable with a company's terms of service and that the ability to exercise that choice should be simple and straightforward."


Google was also initially rapped by an independent watchdog of the federal cloud, SafeGov.org, for creating privacy risks for government workers with the new policies. Google quickly responded that the new policies do not apply to government workers using Google Apps. That, though, raised the question that if the policies could put the privacy of government workers at risk, then might they also put the privacy of rank-and-file users at risk as well?



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