Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jun 2011 19:48 UTC
Google Well, here we have another attempt. After the failure of the overly complicated Google Wave (remember that? It was supposed to change the world and all that), Google is undertaking another attempt at social networking. It's called Google+. Update: Forget the crap I wrote here, this article is seven pages on insider information on Google+. Surprised by the beautiful interface? It's been designed by Andy Hertzfeld. The Andy Hertzfeld.
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smitty
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2005-10-13

When I visit www.randomsite.com, I never agree to allow Google to collect any information about me. And I visit randomsite.com without being aware that it will happen unless I already know in advance that they use Google ads. The fact that Google is collecting this information without the user of randomsite.com giving their consent is a potential legal issue for Google if someone were to decide to pursue it.


I highly doubt this. If it were true, someone already would have sued them. Just because you think it should be illegal doesn't make it actually so. When I walk into a mall, I'm sure I'm being recorded on all kinds of security cameras. I never gave my consent for that, either, but there's no law which says private companies can't record what's happening on their private property (which in this case would be their own website).

Anyway, I would argue that the owner of the www.randomsite.com website is the one you should be complaining to about this. They are the ones that chose to place Google ads on their page, knowing that it would given Google information about anyone visiting their site. They did so in exchange for money from Google. I don't see how Google is doing anything wrong in that situation, it's the website which has chosen to send viewer information to 3rd parties.

Edited 2011-07-01 02:56 UTC

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pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

When I walk into a mall, I'm sure I'm being recorded on all kinds of security cameras. I never gave my consent for that


Most places that use security cameras do have signs posted mentioning that fact though.

but there's no law which says private companies can't record what's happening on their private property (which in this case would be their own website).


Again, the issue is not that the site itself is recording whats happening. There would not be any legal problems with that. The issue is that a third party is recording it and using it without consent from the user. That's where things potentially get a little dicey from a legal standpoint.

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