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    Big Brother Google is at it again!

    It appears that Google may be about to instate a new privacy policy that will allow them to track users across all of Google's properties, including GMail, and allows them to use the information they gather. You will be forced to opt into the new policy.

    Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out

    It looks like the wording that they are using is putting a real happy spin on their Big Brother activities.

    Do you want Google scanning all of your GMail communications? They may already be doing that and this move is intended to protect their hind end from law suits.
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    You and I and everyone else knows. that google has been looking at all gmail, accounts, etc etc etc for years.]

    They are now putting it into legalese to like you say protect their hind ends.

    Now what is really scary?
    Is not just our government, but many others, who look at our online activities.

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    Well, unless you encrypt your email, its not like it can't be sniffed anyway...but that least has to be a blatant act by someone nefarious...

    Yet another round of lawsuits for Big G coming regarding privacy...I wonder what caveats they have placed in the new ToS in an attempt to minimize the damage against the more stringent EU laws?

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    A phone call is going to be more private due to wiretapping laws and the phone company doesn't make permanent recordings of phone calls.

    There's only so much privacy that you can expect from a free service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    There's only so much privacy that you can expect from a free service.
    The free part is beginning to look more and more like the cheese used to draw in the unsuspecting mice.

    "Don't be evil" Bwahahahahahahha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    A phone call is going to be more private due to wiretapping laws and the phone company doesn't make permanent recordings of phone calls.

    There's only so much privacy that you can expect from a free service.
    Ya, but I think we're kidding ourselves if we think we are not being recorded in every medium that exists to send or receive communications in some fashion whether legal or not...free or not...

    Now enter cloud storage....

    Pretty soon, our dreams will be the only thing private (for now I guess)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by javanx3d View Post
    Pretty soon, our dreams will be the only thing private (for now I guess)...
    The US government had a program called MKULTRA as well as several other projects that dabbled in this area.

    Project MKULTRA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    What would lead you to believe that your dreams are actually your own? If you want to keep your dreams to yourself, you will have to go to bed every night wearing a tin-foil hat.

    Eventually, everything will be the property of the One World Order collective society. That's how the Borg got started.
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    Even more nefarious is google.

    Read this article:

    Has Google Replaced Content as King of the Web? | SiteProNews: Webmaster News & Resources

    Bottom line from what I gather from that article and others I have read in past few days?
    Google will only put out what they have been paid to put out...
    EG: Search will just be those that paid to show up. the free ones like now? will be buried deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    The free part is beginning to look more and more like the cheese used to draw in the unsuspecting mice.

    There's an old Russian saying: "The only free cheese is in a mousetrap"


    Quote Originally Posted by javanx3d View Post
    Ya, but I think we're kidding ourselves if we think we are not being recorded in every medium that exists to send or receive communications in some fashion whether legal or not...free or not...


    Now enter cloud storage....


    Pretty soon, our dreams will be the only thing private (for now I guess)...

    Sure. But the governmemt isn't going to use the information to sell you stuff.



    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    Even more nefarious is google.

    Read this article:

    Has Google Replaced Content as King of the Web? | SiteProNews: Webmaster News & Resources

    Bottom line from what I gather from that article and others I have read in past few days?
    Google will only put out what they have been paid to put out...
    EG: Search will just be those that paid to show up. the free ones like now? will be buried deep.
    Paid inclusion could happen. The issue in the search industry is the lack of competition. You get more free stuff in competitive environments. At one point in time the netscape web browser cost $100 until Microsoft started giving away internet explorer for free.

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    An article at Gizmodo sums it up:

    Google's Broken Promise: The End of "Don't Be Evil"

    I think all of this misguided nonsense is just the tip of the iceberg. I am seeing more and more sites that try to entice you to "sign up using your FaceBook account." I have even run into a few e-commerce sites that try to get you to do this. Why in the world would anyone want to do that? FaceBook has already proven itself to be one of the most deceptive and dishonest of all of the major web sites when it comes to personal privacy issues. They have repeatedly been caught selling and exposing personal data without users' knowledge, and sometimes in violation of their own policies, which makes it illegal. Anytime you post a privacy policy on your web site, you can be sued for violating your own policy.

    F.T.C. Settles Privacy Issue at Facebook

    The days of the anonymous Internet are limited.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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