Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th May 2011 21:50 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Legal Ding ding ding ding - I think we have a record here. Launched yesterday, Google Wallet has already attracted a lawsuit. While patent lawsuits are teh shizzle these days, this lawsuit is a little different, so sadly I can't trot out my usual 'software patents bad' lines (aww). PayPal has sued Google over its Wallet service, claiming that one key former PayPal executive who accepted a job at Google took trade secrets with him.
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The same company that harvested wireless network traffic instead of simply recording MAC and SSID information.

A company who's business is selling data procured through it's various services; now your email, PIM, phone calling and financial transactions can all be analyzed together for a more complete data set sold off to every marketing and gov agency that comes knocking.

A US company who will quickly bend over the table and spread wide for any official looking person in a suit waving a government letterhead rather than a legally justified warrant. "what? It's for the War on Whale Extinction? Shit. How much of our database do you need? Did you bring some DVDs?"

And, on an individual level, statistically some of the individual staff employed by Google will abuse there access to information.

I don't really trust either company as the primary purpose of both is to manufacture profits for shareholders with whatever benefit they provide to me being a bi-product of the manufacturing process. At least with PayPal, there is some small separation between Google's mega-database and my what few financial transactions I've used PayPal for.

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