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Apple, Google execs work to allay Web privacy fears

There are 1 comment on the TwinCities.com story from May 11, 2011, titled Apple, Google execs work to allay Web privacy fears. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Executives from Apple Inc. and Google Inc. struggled Tuesday to allay the fears of federal lawmakers that location data collected through cellphones and other mobile devices are anonymous and not a threat to personal privacy.

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Eagle Eye

Monroe, LA

#1 May 11, 2011
some examples of how Google has violated privacy rights:
Google's privacy record is shameful. In 2004, Google sparked a privacy outcry by scanning Gmail users' private emails for advertising keywords. The next year, Google Earth put sites, including the White House's roof and a Trident submarine base, on public display; a leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade terrorist group said he was thrilled.
In 2006, Google refused to comply with a California privacy law. Two years later, Street View exposed people's homes and license plates to anyone who cared to look; a member of the British Parliament described the service as "invading our privacy on an industrial scale."

In 2009, Google began tracking the books people searched (via Google Books) and visitors to WhiteHouse.gov . Last year, Google Buzz exposed users' private email lists to the public while Google's Street View cars were caught eavesdropping on millions of users' wireless networks. No wonder Privacy International cited Google for its "entrenched hostility to privacy."

But it's easy to understand why Google has no respect for privacy. Just consider Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's own words: "If you have something you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it."

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