@sog35 - Man oh man are you ever pig-headed! (Moderators FYI: I'm staying on topic here... nothing personal)
Have you taken a moment to understand, that all of the links that you're posting to about Google's security/privacy failures and run-ins with governments all over the world... is because everyone is keeping an eye on them! Everything they do is scrutinized and investigated by multiple security experts the world over. If and when... which they often do... fall out of line and put "individual privacy" at serious risk, they are forced to come clean.
You can't go on singling Google out with your rage, because anyone that goes on the internet is being followed. It's come to light even those that use anonymity services and Tor are NOT safe from prying eyes, cookies and trackers. In fact, it's not so much YOU that compromises your privacy, it's others that you know and communicate with... including your bank, local gov't, assorted agencies and data brokers that are outside of your internet surfing habits, or even Google's robots. They are the one's that you will not be able to control, probably ever. Google on the other hand has a huge target on their backs, as well does Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter. The first misstep and they're nailed to the wall, so calm down.
If YOU don't want to use anything Google, that is your choice. But preaching, Populist propagandizing, and bending truths to fit your narrative of "Everything Google Is Evil Crap" is not only wrong... but it is tiring ad infinitum.
By all means carry on being pig-headed against racism, foul economics, and analysts...
PS. and leave Relic alone. While she's not a Die Hard Apple Freak like some of us, she has earned her right and the respect of many of us here for her informative posts about "the other side". Be happy someone's doing it for you and you don't have to sully yourself.... but then... rather unfortunately, your glass of opinion holds little water then, doesn't it? Silence is a virtue if yelling about things you no nothing about makes you to be a fool. Hearsay can lead to heresy, be careful out there.
First misstep? How many 'missteps' has Google had already?
Stealing passwords with Street view cars for TWO YEARS.
Federal Trade Commission fined Google for bypassing privacy settings in the Safari browser
In 2011, Google agreed to be audited for 20 years by the F.T.C. after it admitted to using deceptive tactics when starting its Buzz social network.
France's data protection watchdog has fined Google after the U.S. search engine ignored a three-month ultimatum to bring its practices on tracking and storing user information in line with local law.
Spain’s data protection authority has fined Google $1.2 million and ordered the company to fall in line with the country’s data protection rules without delay. The Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), said Thursday that Google does not provide users enough information about the personal information it collects, and the purposes it uses it for.
So after all those missteps has Google been 'nailed to the WALL' like you said.
HELL NO. The fines and so tiny they are only pocket change to Google. They will continue with their slimy ways because they know they can get away with it.
It hiliarious that Apple's eBook fine will be larger than all the fines Google got for privacy breach (over 100 cases in all)
That's why I'm against Chromebooks in the classroom. If its a personal decision, FINE. But forcing 5 year old kids to give private information to Google is beyond amoral.
Do you really want every single email written by your 5 year old kid to be read by Google? Ever single picture they take? Every single grade? Every single test? What they listen to? I don't get how some of you just brush that stuff aside.
My friend who recently opened a Google drive account was given a rude awakening. All he wanted was to store some of his pictures on the cloud for free. Next thing you know he gets ads about Paris tickets. Come to find out it was because many of his PICTURES were of Paris. Google scanned his photo's in Google drive and sent him an ad based on that. That is scary. And wrong.
Edited by sog35 - 8/8/14 at 6:32am