So much for Google’s motto, “Don’t Be Evil.”
Read what Wired magazine has to say about the behemoth’s Street View cars, which were supposed to map the world, but ended up, from 2007 to 2010, gathering private citizens’ (and public ones’, too) personal information such as passwords, emails and photographs.
Here‘s Google’s response. Boiled down, the company’s engineers have said they weren’t aware of the cars’ data collection capabilities, so it’s a big oops that they may now be the owner of some really cute pictures of my grandbabies. I love sharing those photos. I just prefer to choose which ones go out.
Regulators are certainly not happy in Great Britain, where they are reopening an investigation on the information gathered by Google. Switzerland has placed some restrictions on the information-gathering, too.
Meanwhile: Street View airplanes, any one?
So much for privacy, and in this world of Facebook and the Interwebs-is-forever, what is privacy? Our technology is pushing us toward a new definition, and I’m not sure I like that. You?