Google Acquires Like.com, and its Facial Recognition Technology

It was confirmed last week that Google is acquiring Like.com, a visual search engine that focuses on helping people shop for clothing and accessories online. While most stories are spinning this as Google’s attempt to improve its product search engine and make inroads into the e-commerce marketplace, I see this acquisition differently. It is important to realize that before Like.com was helping people find shoes and watches...

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Google on Wi-Fi Privacy Invasions: "No Harm, No Foul"
May19

Google on Wi-Fi Privacy Invasions: "No Harm, No Foul"

Recently we learned that Google’s Street View vehicles gathered people’s private communications on their home WiFi networks as they drove by snapping photos. Initially, Google denied it was collecting or storing any payload data, but later admitted that it had, in fact, collected private information that it should not have, information clearly beyond what any reasonable person who expect a street mapping service to...

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Google's "New Approach" to China isn't to End Censorship, But Simply to Leave
Mar22

Google's "New Approach" to China isn't to End Censorship, But Simply to Leave

Just over four years ago, Google became complicit with the Chinese government’s censorship of the Internet. For the last 1,517 days, Google has been actively and purposefully restricting access to information from within mainland China, making a mockery of its core values to such an extent that even Sergey Brin recognized that his company’s principles had been compromised. In January of this this year, Google was the...

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Google's Privacy Principles Fall Short

To celebrate Data Privacy Day, Google has published its 5 guiding privacy principles: Use information to provide our users with valuable products and services. Develop products that reflect strong privacy standards and practices. Make the collection of personal information transparent. Give users meaningful choices to protect their privacy. Be a responsible steward of the information we hold. The principles are further explained in a...

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Google's Homepage Hypocrisy
Jan06

Google's Homepage Hypocrisy

[UPDATE: As of Jan 7, 2010, Google has now changed its homepage so the Nexus One ad fades in with the other content -- more below] Remember how hard we gad to fight to convince Google to include a link to its privacy policy on the Google.com homepage? Remember how Google argued “we do believe that having very limited text on our home page is important” and that it was pitched as some great sacrifice to include the word “privacy” and...

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