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How Much Does Google Know about You?

Mar 02, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Strom)

[ Thanks to james Maguire for this link. ]

"I still think the vast majority of people at Google adhere to the company's ten founding principles, which is more than I can say for my dealings with Microsoft over the years. Certainly both companies are hyper-competitive. But the very nature and pervasiveness of Google's online services makes it more pernicious, and has a greater potential for abuse, as the recent news indicates. But it also means that they can turn more quickly when they make a mistake: the Etherpad issue was resolved in a day or so. Imagine Microsoft trying to do that. Indeed, try finding something similar to this document on Microsoft's Web site: you will find a lot of corporate doublespeak, rather than the plain spoken "Ten Things" that Google professes: http://www.google.com/corporate/tenthings.html

"While all this was going down in Italy, I was reviewing what information Google has stored on me in Google Accounts. If you haven't had a look at your "dashboard" lately, it is instructive to see exactly what Google can track on you. In my case, I use a ton of different Google products, and recorded for posterity include the following:"

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