How is anyone surprised by the “Big Reveal”, in every entendre imaginable, from Facebook that ALL OF YOUR INFORMATION WAS USED IN A WAY THAT YOU DON’T LIKE… AND THEY TOOK YOUR FRIENDS INFO TOO… BECAUSE YOU LET THEM.
How is the news?
We’ve been talking about this for over 5 YEARS! It’s now 032118…
And, I’m always fashionably late to the party!
Where have you been?
(Update 091113: Yesterday, Google lost a similar decision to the one below. It was on Appeal before the Ninth Circuit. The Folks at EPIC are happy… but doesn’t the this story make more sense and a seem little less conspiratorial now that we know the NSA has been collecting all of our data and doing so with the aid of our allies? Originally Posted 072712)
“In April, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission fined Google, saying the company “deliberately impeded and delayed” its investigation into Street View.
It’s unclear what, if any, penalties would be imposed on Google by Britain’s ICO or regulators in any of the 10 other jurisdictions in which the company had wrongly retained Street View data.
“We need to take a look at the data… There’s all sorts of questions we need to ask,” an ICO spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity because office rules prohibit him from being named in print.”
The above quote and where I decided to begin and end it may seem a little confusing, but there is a point…
Today we find out that Google has not destroyed/deleted all of the street view info it was caught collecting in Britain. Keep in mind, when I say “street view info” that includes wi-fi networks and names, e-mail addresses and various and sundry other items of information having nothing to do with a street, or the view from it.
Here’s the fun part however… Britain’s regulators, the IOC, are very “upset”. There has been aplenty “tough” language directed at Google for this blatant breach. Yes… they are terribly, terribly upset don’t you know.
While Google has apologized, it is clearly not enough for the IOC. In all fairness it’s not enough for me either but here’s the punch line; the IOC is demanding to see the information for “forensic analysis”. Seriously… You Brit’s are Brilliant! “Yes, yes, I will need to see all the pornography you have so I can determine if it is actually pornography. I will also need plenty of time to review it… alone…”
So why did I take the above quote from where I did?
Without question Google was harvesting the same information here in the U.S. that it was in Britain. No doubt about it. And the U.S. is watching closely what is going on across the pond… very closely. But why?
If the IOC is successful in gaining access to the Google information for “forensic analysis” because Google has been very, very bad… then U.S. regulators will not be far behind the Google spanking bandwagon. What red-blooded, privacy cherishing, citizen wouldn’t want Google to be punished for collecting a bunch of info it shouldn’t have?
Well… this one. If punishing Google requires the government seeing all of the intel, I would prefer Google to get away with it and we can deal with them in the market place. Think about this for a second, who would you rather have possessing your secrets, a private company answerable to the legal system or a government answerable to no-one?
The monster under my bed has always scared me the most by whispering “don’t worry… I’m from the government and I’m here to help…”. Now he’s muttering “googly… googly..” and my parents still don’t believe me.
Your freedom is directly correlated to your ability to live your life anonymously. If you care.
Apparently, like the rest of the planet, I may just elect to drink myself to sleep. Unlike the rest of the planet I will only do it late at night… straight from the bottle… in front of a full length mirror… crying…
NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports (link added 091213)