352 Inc. / Digital Marketing / August 10th, 2007

All your Google are belong to us?

That’s right, it looks that way. Maybe it’s better said “ALL your data are belong to us.”

Here is why I say this: I am looking at my beautifully cluttered
iGoogle home page the other day and somehow notice an interesting
CNBC (REMOVED, try google 😉video clip about our big brother’s new right hand man, Google, Inc.* It goes into
a lot of privacy issues with other companies as well, but lets look at
the Google part.

What happened to the days when you could search for
and download the Anarch*** cookbook without fear of retaliation from
homeland security? Believe it or not, it looks like those days might be
here to stay. Unless of course you use the knowledge and commit a
crime. That might be obvious and even desired by most of us. But, what
if one of these gigantic databases gets it wrong and you’re answering
the door to the local Sheriff? Then, if you’ve had any doubts about the
impact of the current state of affairs, you are suddenly wondering how
this could happen and how these practices have gone so unchecked.


Now it seems we are without recourse unless we enlist some of
our brightest minds (mostly lawyers no less). Enter the Electronic
Frontier Foundation
(EFF). They are actually doing a lot to combat privacy ‘violations’ and other big time technology related issues. Worth checking out. The question is…will it make a difference?

Some more questions… besides the obvious random innocent people who get wrongly accused, why is this all such a bad thing anyway?   This is similar to Carnivore(now renamed a non-threatening DCS1000) isn’t it? They are just logging
search terms instead of email, right? It’s just a new way to fight
crime with a long list of methods that have evolved as technology has
evolved, right? Search warrants, wire taps, gps location tracking, searching
library records. Is it only wrong/illegal if you get caught? The list of questions about the impact and various surveillance methods goes on and on.


Judge for yourselves. I think it’s quite an interesting debate to
tackle. This rant could get very political and heated real fast so I am
going to try and stay impartial and take a step back. In fact, how nice
would it be to take a step back to the original democracies of humanity
and judge how much privacy we have actually lost today. Too bad the
Greeks didn’t discover
donut-shaped vacuums.


Btw, the page with the CNBC (REMOVED, try google ;)article claims to not store your data…Quis Custodiet ipsos custodies?


*This clip is not hosted on CNBC or any of its affiliates. It may be
subject to copyright restrictions. 352 Media Group, Inc. takes no
responsibility for any breaches of the aforementioned restrictions.