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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modmans2ndcoming
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2005-11-09

profile linking is one thing... I do not keep much personal data on Google or Facebook, but Facebook has the ability to hold a lot more personal data than Google... and Facebook leaks your data to third party vendors for cash where as Google does not leak it.

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pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

Facebook leaks your data to third party vendors for cash where as Google does not leak it.


Well, there's a class action lawsuit just getting underway that claims Google did in fact sell Android customer data, including location tracking information, to third party vendors. So I guess it remains to be seen whether Google does leak it or not. At least when it comes to Android.

Edited 2011-07-01 20:37 UTC

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

The Android devices record geolocation information derived from triangulating the location of a device using the signals from the closest cell phone transmission towers and Wi-Fi access points, and store the information on the device for retrieval

That sounds like Android collecting data and leaving it on the phone to me...

Also, the case does not talk about personal information leaked to 3rd party vendors... the location information is not even being described as being leaked to 3rd parties... the complaint is that Google recorded the location information based on triangulating cell tower and wifi hotspot signals.... and left it on the phone.

1) Android collecting information about its environment is NOT a privacy violation if it is stored on your phone or (if it is hypothetically uploaded) the data is sanitized so it can not be linked to a handset or owner

2)there are tons of legitimate reasons to track someone's location as best as can be tracked (as in no GPS signal) even when the phone is not asked to respond... caching the location data means when someone does want to see where they are, Android can respond faster with a good approximation until it gets a fix on a GPS signal... which can take 30 seconds or more.

3) Again... the complaint is not about sharing that location or even uploading it... it is complaining that the data was recorded on the hand set with out disclosure.... Guess what... the phone company knows where you are at all times with a cell phone... they actually record that data.

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