Could Google Be the Most Dangerous Company in the World?
Apr 13, 2009, 18:33 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)
"You would think a company with the belief that you can make
money without doing evil would proactively move to ensure that its
tools aren't used for evil purposes. Yet here's what happened back
in 2005, in response to a Cnet story questioning how much personal
financial information was being indexed by Google: Instead of
moving to protect people, Google moved to punish Cnet because it
used a Google search on Google's own CEO to make its point. When
confronted with a problem, does an evil company correct it or shoot
the messenger? I would argue it would choose the latter.
"In the most recent instance, people are forming human chains to
block Google vehicles from filming streets because of privacy
concerns. Although I think that Google may be providing more
benefit than risk, it isn't my home that's at stake -- it's theirs.
These tools are allegedly being used by thieves to select homes to
target. Oh wait -- I can remove the world "allegedly." Someone
admitted to using Google Earth for a theft.
"While some may think the anti-Google protestors are nuts, think
of the last time people formed human chains to block the good deeds
a company was doing. Regardless of Google's goal, clearly the
people in the chain viewed the company's effort as evil. Google's
apparent and complete disregard for their concerns is at least
hypocritical, an adjective that has been applied to Google before.
Others simply brand the company as immoral."