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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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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