Google Hostile to Privacy, Says Watchdog Group

Kara Reeder

Google's recently revamped Google Maps has stirred up the whole privacy debate, with claims of its new Street View feature violating the right to privacy and capturing people in less than ideal situations (read: public urination and strip club use). But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Watchdog group Privacy International has ranked Google last among 23 Internet companies in terms of privacy protection of its users, according to this InfoWorld article. The group accuses Google of "entrenched hostility to privacy" for collecting large amounts of data about its users, but not providing any privacy controls. This ZDNet post lists Google's failures, according to Privacy International.

 

In the surprise of the century, Google has objected to the report. Privacy International wants an apology for the smear campaign it says Google is running. And Big Brother seems to be lurking in the shadows.



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Jun 11, 2007 10:21 AM Big Brother Big Brother  says:
This is definitely getting interesting. Check out the endless privacy infractions found on Google StreetView here:http://streetviewgallery.corank.com Reply

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