Privacy and Google


It's not a winning combination. First came the use of Google search engine results as evidence in court to convict a man of murder because they revealed he searched for information on the weapon used to kill his wife. Then came news about Google disclosing the viewing history of everyone who has watched videos on YouTube. Face it, the stuff people look at online can be pretty embarrassing. Next came the revelation that Google's Gmail program scans your email messages to deliver relevant ads. Now privacy advocates are alarmed over Google's new browser Chrome, which gives Google the ability to collect users' Web addresses and therefore track your complete surfing history on the Web.

Privacy is our right to freedom from unauthorized intrusion. People are starting to wonder if the dawn of the Internet era foretells the doom of personal privacy, due to the widespread use of e-mail, cookies, cell phones, and spyware, as well as checkout scanners, electronic tollbooths, closed-circuit surveillance cameras, and other monitoring technologies. For more on privacy, see also: consumer profiling, digital footprint, EPIC, keylogger opt-out, and watch the CNBC documentary "Big Brother, Big Business."

Keep it P&C,
Erin



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