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  • Google updates terms of service to reflect its scanning of users' emails

    04/15/2014 4:00:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/15/2014 | John Ribeiro
    Google has updated its terms of service to reflect that it analyzes user content including emails to provide users tailored advertising, customized search results and other features. The Internet giant’s scanning of users’ email has been controversial with privacy groups describing it as an intrusion into user privacy. Competitor Microsoft claims in its “Don’t Get Scroogled by Gmail” campaign that its email service is superior to Gmail as unlike Google it does not go through email looking for keywords to target users with paid advertisements. In a case in California over Google’s interception of email, District Judge Lucy H....
  • Google may localise YouTube for Pakistani users

    12/12/2013 9:03:15 AM PST · by aimhigh · 7 replies ^ | 12/13/2013 | Jamal Shahid
    A new arrangement with the management of Google/YouTube has brightened the chance of YouTube being unblocked in Pakistan. If certain conditions of the Google management are met, YouTube will be accessible as, a local search engine. . . . . . . She explained to the committee that the government had succeeded in convincing the Google management about religious sensitivities of Pakistanis.The local search engine will also make it easier to block any blasphemous or objectionable content, she said. . . . . . . “Instead of installing costly filtration mechanisms, Google will easily be able to block blasphemous...
  • Google Loses Appeal in Street View Snooping Case

    09/12/2013 10:37:12 AM PDT · by null and void · 13 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:26pm
    An employee drives a Google Maps Street View vehicle around Palo Alto, CA. Internet giant Google's Street View project has raised privacy concerns in several countries. Attorneys suing Google for enabling its camera-carrying vehicles to collect emails and Internet passwords while photographing neighborhoods for the search giant's popular "Street View" maps look forward to resuming their case now that a U.S. appeals court has ruled in their favor. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Tuesday that Google went far beyond listening to accessible radio communication when they drew information from inside people's homes. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)A federal...
  • Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out

    01/24/2012 3:05:35 PM PST · by Freedom56v2 · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/24/2012 | Cecilia Kang
    Google said Tuesday it will require users to allow the company to follow their activities across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services, a radical shift in strategy that is expected to invite greater scrutiny of its privacy and competitive practices. The information will enable Google to develop a fuller picture of how people use its growing empire of Web sites. Consumers will have no choice but to accept the changes. 247 The policy will take effect March 1 and will also impact Android mobile phone users, who are required to log in to Google accounts when they activate their phones....
  • Google denies special deal for Barack Obama

    06/15/2011 5:56:03 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/15/11 | Ben Smith and Byron Tau
    Google denied Wednesday that it gave President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign special access to a new advertising program, something a sales representative from the search and advertising giant had claimed in an email to customers.
  • Google‘s ’Totalitarian’ Methods Should Worry You

    05/11/2011 7:30:47 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 10th | Emily Esfahani Smith
    Google Inc.’s “Don’t Be Evil” slogan is seductive but misleading. It is the lowest business ethics standard ever devised, excusing everything Google does short of evil. Google isn’t evil – but neither is it ethical. While perceptions of the world’s erstwhile No. 1 brand remain exceptionally strong, Google’s ethical blind spots regarding privacy and property rights are beginning to erode the public’s trust and eventually could threaten the company’s market domination. Anyone who follows Google closely knows that the company is a serial scandal machine. One of the world’s most powerful companies, with its vainglorious mission to “organize the world’s...
  • Google admits that its Street View cars DID take emails and passwords from computers

    10/24/2010 6:52:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Monday, October 25, 2010 | Vanessa Allen
    In an astonishing invasion of privacy, it admitted entire emails, web pages and even passwords were 'mistakenly collected' by antennae on its high-tech Street View cars... The Information Commissioner's Office said it would launch a new investigation. Scotland Yard is already considering whether the company has broken the law. Google executive Alan Eustace issued a grovelling apology and said the company was 'mortified', adding: 'We're acutely aware that we failed badly.' ...Google sent a fleet of specially equipped cars around Britain in 2008, armed with 360-degree cameras to gather photographs for its Street View project... Privacy fears followed when it...
  • Google Threat Jolts Chinese Internet Industry

    01/13/2010 6:16:20 AM PST · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 894+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2010 | Loretta Chao and Aaron Beck
    BEIJING — Google Inc.'s threat to walk away from China sent shockwaves through the country's fast-growing Internet industry Wednesday, with users, executives and analysts trying to gauge the potential fallout. The U.S. search giant's announcement that it will stop censoring its Chinese search site, and may withdraw from the country altogether, triggered an outpouring of concern, and some anger, among Chinese Internet users. Students and others gathered at Google's offices in Beijing and Shanghai Wednesday with flowers in an emotional show of support for the company, which analysts say has an audience of more than 40 million loyal users in...
  • Google Recruiter: Company Kept 'Do Not Touch' in Hiring List

    06/05/2009 11:02:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 721+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 06/04/2009 | Steve Johnson, Elise Ackerman and Sue McAllister
    A recruiter who left Google last year says that the company had maintained a "do not touch" list of companies including Genentech and Yahoo, whose employees were not to be wooed to the Internet search giant. That revelation could be significant in light of this week's disclosure that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Google, Yahoo, Apple, Genentech and other tech companies conspired to keep others from stealing their top talent. Although Google declined to comment on the list or other aspects of the investigation, Palo Alto attorney Gary Reback, who has been involved in a number of high-profile...
  • Google's Gatekeepers

    11/29/2008 4:13:22 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 912+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 28, 2008 | Jeffrey Rosen
    In 2006, Thailand announced it was blocking access to YouTube for anyone with a Thai I.P address, and then identified 20 offensive videos for Google to remove as a condition of unblocking the site. ‘If your whole game is to increase market share,’ says Lawrence Lessig, speaking of Google, ‘it’s hard to . . . gather data in ways that don’t raise privacy concerns or in ways that might help repressive governments to block controversial content.’ In March of last year, Nicole Wong, the deputy general counsel of Google, was notified that there had been a precipitous drop in activity...
  • Google renames the Persian Gulf

    02/29/2008 1:20:40 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 29 replies · 235+ views
    Network World ^ | Feb 15, 2008
    Turns out Google already had another cartographic controversy on its hands. Earlier this week we learned of an Israeli city's slander lawsuit against the search giant based upon Google's refusal to remove a user-generated Google Earth notation that identifies the community of Kiryat Yam as Arab Ghawarina. A Google spokesperson told me that the notation violated no aspect of the company's terms of use agreement, no matter how much it violated the sensibilities of Kiryat Yam officials. In this second controversy, however, Google does not have the "We didn't do it" card at its disposal. That's because Google itself has...