Saturday, May 15, 2010

Google Admits to Inadvertent Data-Collecting - NYTimes.com

Google is fortunate to have Facebook, perceived to be more evil and/or incompetent about privacy these days, as an it-could-be-worse contrast

Google’s Street View misstep adds to the widespread anxiety about privacy in the digital age and the apparent willingness of Silicon Valley engineers to collect people’s private data without permission.

Facebook is currently engaged in a heated debate with its 400 million members about its shifting privacy guidelines, while Google has had to contend with other privacy missteps, like the introduction of its Buzz social network earlier this year that publicly exposed people’s closest e-mail contacts without permission.

Google Admits to Inadvertent Data-Collecting - NYTimes.com

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