Several times, when I’ve been writing about the latest crap Google, or Fa$ebook, or Hollywood, the Big 4 labels — the line forms on the right, babe — have gotten away with (again) I’ve asked, ‘What time’s the next rocket to Mars?’
Who wants to live on a planet where bullshit, deceit, lies and dirty dealings are the accepted standards: tools of the trade? Who wants their children to grow up in it?
Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, someone I’ve always admired and respected, has let arch data villain Google off with a slap on the wrist after her investigators concluded its data scooping activities, which went on for three years undetected, were accidental.
Accidental? They didn’t know about it? But whether that’s true or not, no worries. Immediately, and publicly, destroy all the hard drives with all the user data — all of it.
Never happen. In fact, Stoddart appears to have effectively given Google — the master of ‘Don’t ask, just take’ — a free pass.
If the Canadian information it collected, “cannot immediately be deleted”, it “needs to be secured and access to it must be restricted”, she said sternly.
Restricted? To whom? And who decides who sees what? And for how long? And who’s going to make sure the ‘restrictions’ are adhered to? And what happens if they’re not?
The lamescream media are reporting Stoddart’s statement as though it represents some kind of victory. But it doesn’t. It’s an abrogation of responsibility.
“This incident was a serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights” she admits. It was? Then make it crystal clear to Google it isn’t getting away with it. Not in Canada, anyway.
The sentence in the intro is part of a rant attributed to the late Hunter S. Thompson. He was talking about the music industry, but it applies equally well to the worlds of politics, advertising, enforcement. You name it.
Google’s Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt must be patting themselves heartily on the back for once again having successfully wriggled out of a tight spot.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
slap on the wrist – Google Street View broke privacy law, October 20, 2010
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