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This Really Worries Me - Google Snooping On Personal Data

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Scritty, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Scritty

    Scritty Elite Member Premium Member

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    A year or two ago in the UK Google got hold of (legitimate - they asked and were given) a ton of medical information.

    Ok, they claimed it was for research and the results would be fed back into the health sector and be more than useful for those suffering from the various ailments they were analysing.

    The thing is - they had the data, and despite the uproar kept it on a promise they "wouldn't be evil".
    Now they have done it again!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36713308

    Apparently the data being anonymized is enough. But that's rubbish and they know it. How valuable commercially would it be to know the in depth demographics of any market. Even without the names and addresses of those involved.
    Put another way. If we did this to Google
    "We are taking your database, someone other than you sold it to us. We now the the REAL cost of every keyword, the REAL search figures , your REAL link profiles for every website and of course the algorithm you use - but don't worry we haven;t taken any names or addresses"

    The commercial value of that would be almost beyond measure.

    It's not that I don't trust Google
    It's that I REALLY REALLY don't trust Google

    Or is this just me?
     
  2. deal with it

    deal with it Power Member

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    Me too Scritty
     
  3. MaFiaStyle

    MaFiaStyle Regular Member

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    This is the American way of doing business or even politic. Pretending to be noble and not do evil while doing things that is the opposite of what they claim. Google is getting way too big nowadays and trying to play the role of God and want everyone to follow their lead. Unfortunately there is no other competitor for Google as they are hoarding on to too many resources and creating a natural barrier of entry for all new competitors. The only way to prevent a monopoly situation is to force Google to break up into different smaller entities by FORCE.
     
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    What are they gonna do, direct target you with Lasik ads? I think they have more profitable ventures going on. They, and all other big medias, already know everything about you, medical charts (anonymous or not) are just another drop in the sea.
     
  5. wisdomkid

    wisdomkid Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    This is a problem with America, and what is the side effect of it?

    EVERYTHING