Musings tagged as google

In the latest version of Chrome, you are automatically logged into the cloud portion of your chrome browser whenever you log into any Google website. Matthew Green has written a detailed blog post (see link above) outlining the resulting privacy concerns.

I do differ from him in one crucial bit though. In the end he states that he rejects the argument that goes along the lines of “Captain Obvious strikes again, it’s Google, something like this was bound to happen.”. He said he believes that for 10 years Google managed to provide good open source software without massively violating user privacy and there was no way to see this coming. Seriously? I mean, come on! All the location snooping with Android? Even though the settings were turned off? The preset synchronization options? Forcing G-Apps onto everyone? Google has been on a privacy violating spree for a long time already. One of the main reasons I have never used Chrome. Something like this was bound to happen! They are an ad company. They can make more money if their ads are even more personalized and can be targeted even better. In a world where shareholder value has the last say and is regarded as the ultimate decision maker, of course companies like Google will fuck with your privacy if it means more revenue. This is so blatantly obvious that “I did not see it coming.” is no valid defense.

The EU has fined Google $5.06 billion in an antitrust proceeding regarding the mandatory inclusion of Google apps on other vendors’ Android based phones.

Google started sulking, claiming they might have to close down Android and no longer give it away free of charge. Now this will be funny. Android is Linux based which, in large parts, is protected by the GPL license which basically says that if you use GPL licensed code in your project, you have to publish your source code as well. Good luck Google :)