Friday, January 27, 2006

Davis Calls Out Google

Tom Davis called out Google for its help to China, and less than friendly help with the U.S. government.


At 1/27/2006 11:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an IT guy and I've been following this for about a week. The quote from Davis about Google's "business interests" is the most interesting part of the article. It is absolutely in Google's business interest to tell the government to take a hike. Google's base of hardcore supporters are technology people and we, better than most everyone else, know pretty much how deep the privacy rabbit hole goes (if you want a taste, google your phone number). If google is seen by this group as caving to the gov't without a fight, the backlash will be immediate and intense. Right or wrong, this is how it seems to be percieved.

At 1/27/2006 04:16:00 PM, Anonymous marty nohe said...

anon- I'm not sure that I understand your point. I googled my home phone number and I only got 10 hits. For some folks, that may be a lot, but I'm an elected official and I use my own home phone as my campaign contact phone, so I'm actually disappointed with the results.

At 1/27/2006 11:54:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

Hmmm, I googled my phone number and got 1 hit. The same phone book that is sitting in my cubbard downstairs...

More interesting, I googled my [real] name and got hundreds of pages of porn stars... Now if I could only look like that for a few days!

At 1/28/2006 12:00:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...


How are they caving to the gov't if they give out 1 million random hits? I understand no IP addresses will be given.

At 1/28/2006 01:45:00 AM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

anon 11:17 suggests that google users should respect their protection of their privacy, and offers as proof a "google" of their phone number which reveals their private name and address.

In fact, Google is not protecting their "users" privacy, just protecting their business assets. Google claims they can't give out generic information without giving your private information. Well, what are they doing with your private information? And when the SELL that general data to others, are they sending your private information as well?

Why should google get away with not being able to separate private and public information?

Hey, Google can make any decision it wants, it's a business, but don't insult my intelligence by pretending they care about my privacy.

(BTW, you can do the same phone trick on the Verizon web site, so in fact this isn't THAT big a deal).

At 1/28/2006 10:37:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

Why aren't we hearing the same uproar about yahoo, aol, and others who DID give their info to the gov't?

What private information is google giving away or selling? I don't consider my phone number which is published at my consent to be private information. If you want a private number you can pay extra and it will not be published.

I use bigyellow online a lot. I wouldn't even mind if they allowed citizens to opt out of the printed copies. I never use them anymore. If it could make my phone bill go down even $1.00, I'd be the first one to opt out.


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