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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by bouhko on Sat 14th Jan 2012 14:39 UTC
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So it seems that Google f*cked up on this one by trying to get the business owner confused about their relationship with Mocality. So, clear -1 for Google.

Now, on the other side (the whole IP "forensic" analysis), Mocality basically claims that Google has no right to use their directory to get business owners phone number... Well, Mocality is running a publicly-accessible directory, so Google employee can just browse it as everybody else and get phone number from there. Sure, Mocality TOS try to prevent this, but this seems like abusive TOS to me. The damn thing is public and they even have a sitemap for search engines to index them better... It's kind of like when the newspapers don't want to be indexed by Google News but want to appear in Google Search.

Not trying to defend Google here, they clearly screwed up badly. But that doesn't mean Mocality is 100% right either.

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