Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 08:26 UTC
Internet & Networking "The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of 'restrictive' walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms." That governments - east and west - are trying to destroy the open web, that we know. As for Facebook and Apple... Well, all I know is that it is completely and utterly impossible to check what information Apple has about you. Unlike Google (more here) and to a lesser degree Facebook, Apple provides zero means to see, export, or delete the information they have on you, associated with your Apple ID or otherwise. In 2012, that's just sinister.
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RE: It's not just sinister
by Tony Swash on Mon 16th Apr 2012 17:09 UTC in reply to "It's not just sinister"
Tony Swash
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"Apple provides zero means to see, export, or delete the information they have on you, associated with your Apple ID or otherwise. In 2012, that's just sinister.


In some countries, it's not only sinister but it's also illegal. For instance in France per law any corporate or institution's database keeping personal data should offer free of charge a way for the person to consult or delete whatever personal information is kept in that database.

But, hey, by signing an Apple account, people would have read the small text at bottom regarding soul, selling and evil, right?!
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Whose business model is based almost solely on collecting data about the behaviour of end users: Google or Apple?

What proportion of Apple's profits come from, or are strongly linked to, possessing data about end users?

What proportion of Google''s profits come from, or are strongly linked to, possessing data about end users?

Please let's get real around here. Google's business model does not work very well in the new mobile device world. Google should stop complaining and start innovating, start creating a business which (unlike Android) actually makes money in the mobile world. Personally I don't think they have a clue how to do that. If only they would stop whining that would be progress.

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