Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google It really hasn't been Google's week. First the entire internet exploded because of some uninteresting nonsense regarding social networking (really internet?), but today something happened that's actually a bad thing and worth talking about: in Kenya, Google has been caught accessing the databases of a competing business, and offering Google's own product to the people in the database. Google has already apologised, and is currently investigating the matter.
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PR nightmare
by fran on Fri 13th Jan 2012 23:37 UTC
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Whenever I hear rich companies take unnecessary risks...
Like that building company that use that use B grade cement. Medicos that sells black market organs. Investment bankers that do insider trading.
I mean what are they thinking.

But before we blame Google as a whole it's also true that a company is made up of very many people who practically can't all be policed.

Only way I can see those employees doing this is..
Are some people at Google working on commission?
Do some individual there have some sort of sign up targets? Are there bonuses involved?
Or are the persons involved a bit morally challenged thinking something like. "we'll it's not like we take their credit card numbers or something, just a bit of business fishing " or something.

Either way it's not right. The incentive to do such things should be taken away.

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