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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."

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