Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:40 UTC
Google This is amazing. Not only has Google just opened up the pre-order program for Google Glass to 'creative individuals', it has also unveiled what the user interface looks like and how it works. It's... Nothing short of amazing. I'm throwing money, credit cards, my car keys, my house keys, my Surface RT, my cats, everything at my screen. I want this so bad.
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Nelson
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2005-11-29


Well, why? Atleast with Google they're not selling your details to others, but if it was some non-advertising company you could bet your ass that they'd sell all the details they could to some 3rd party they do not really have control over, and would that really be preferable to you?


Google does sell your content to advertisers, though not personally identifiable in most cases, it does scan through sensitive materials like e-mail. I don't think it'd be too much of a leap to suggest they could do it for other sources of information.

These contextual ads are no-opts , you cannot turn them off. Google is a nefarious company which occasionally does some pretty neat things like Glass.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Google does sell your content to advertisers


No, they sell information about trends, not your content.

though not personally identifiable in most cases


In most cases? They don't sell information about individual people, they sell marketing data in large batches of tens of thousands of people.

It's okay to not like that, but atleast get your facts straight.

it does scan through sensitive materials like e-mail. I don't think it'd be too much of a leap to suggest they could do it for other sources of information.


Aye, but how does that differ from everyone else, then? They all do that these days, and if Google Glass came from some other entity they'd do that just as well. Again, it's okay to not be okay with that, but let's not pretend that Google is somehow a more evil entity than the others here.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


No, they sell information about trends, not your content.


Directly gathered from...your content. Just because they package it up and present it in a different manner doesn't mean its any less wrong.


In most cases? They don't sell information about individual people, they sell marketing data in large batches of tens of thousands of people.


And that is any different how? It still creates a perverse incentive to be intrusive in users lives, and Google often complicates or completely removes the Opt-out process.


It's okay to not like that, but atleast get your facts straight.


I think just have different takes on the severity of the issue, not in isolation, but in reference to them also making an intimate consumer device.


Aye, but how does that differ from everyone else, then? They all do that these days, and if Google Glass came from some other entity they'd do that just as well. Again, it's okay to not be okay with that, but let's not pretend that Google is somehow a more evil entity than the others here.


Does any other company do it by snooping through your e-mail? Look, I don't care if I search for something and ads are targeted based on what I search for in Google, but to go through my emails is, I think, a step way above that.

And I think your last sentence underlines my point exactly: All corporations do this to some extent, but to Google, this has a lot to do with their livelihood as a company. They fill their coffers off of the proceeds of your data.

So while others may be evil to certain extents, Google is right up there with Facebook in the terrible data policy department.

There is a massive conflict of interest here.

Edited 2013-02-20 21:21 UTC

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Microsoft doesn't, and that is something they love to tell you lately.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Again, it's okay to not be okay with that, but let's not pretend that Google is somehow a more evil entity than the others here.

Ehh, not a long time ago it was ~"do no evil" for Google - now it's "not more evil than others"? ;)

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