Google has become way too powerful today,almost like a Law unto themselves.
But its us consumers who are primarily to blame-You can always shift to alternative services(just trying tell that to most people & they wil shrug and say -Privacy who cares about online privacy??? Even if it is sold to the highest bidder by Google in the future....)
@Ariella: They may not sell it because that may be illegal. However, they may throw out targetted advertisements at you using your tastes and preferences. That's how they make money out of the data they collect.
Ariella, almost all search engines, location based services and online medias are working in a similar mode. They used to collect customers personal taste, aptitude and information and finally selling to third part for related services. In such cases, how we can believe that our personal preferences are safe with such companies.
Michell, you meant if you have the out purchase right also, somebody has to authorize to use it. That’s not right. Once if the product/contents belong to me I have the right to use it without any further permission or approval. If the DRM is like that, then why should we go for an outright purchase, it’s better to go for a rented service?
Oh, yes, they do know where you are. For example, Google Flu Trends gathers information about search on terms related to flu or flu-like symtoms. It then comes up with a geographic distribution. It gets the location from users' IP addresses. Google assures the public that "personal search data remains safe and private;" however, it does have that information in its data banks.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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