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: hypocrisy, thy name is Brin
by JAlexoid on Tue 17th Apr 2012 11:48 UTC in reply to "hypocrisy, thy name is Brin"
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The last time i check the only way for you to get your info out of gmail was using their non standard implementation of IMAP to download your entire gmail account to your pc

Why do I archive my GMail account using standard IMAP client? Opposed to Facebook's you can't even get a list of emails of your own "friends".

Apple is not in the business of data mining and does no money from advertising

Soe is WalMart and other retailers, but dear God how much information do they collect about you when you use their loyalty card and/or plain CC. Or should I remind you for who's benefit that information is gathered for?

PS: Siri only works because of data mining.

PPS: He's complaining about the fall of the open web, not privacy. So your characterization of Brin as a hypocrite is not correct.

Edited 2012-04-17 12:00 UTC

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