Is Google’s Latest Invention Also Its Creepiest?
First it was the FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security and Facebook. Now, you can get in on the action of stalking your ownself.
This week, Google announced that it will allow people to start receiving monthly reports of their online activities. Yahoo! News Canada reports that the online search engine, already under fire for some unpopular privacy agreement changes, somehow just got creepier.
They call it:
“A freshly-added feature keeps people posted on patterns at Gmail, YouTube, online search and other Google venues visited while signed into their user accounts with the California-based company.
‘Sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock of what you're doing online,’ Google product manager Andreas Tuerk said in a blog post announcing the ‘Account Activity’ feature.”
However, Google states that this service will allow users to protect themselves from hacking and fraud, I can see more far-reaching implications for finding out how often your wife Googled her ex, or discovering when you’ve had long bouts of Ambien induced Google searches for “Best place to dump a body.”
Commenters on the Yahoo! article speculate that Google is intelligence gathering for the government. But perhaps we shouldn't listen to one of Google's rivals about anything they say about the company.
What do you think Google will be doing with your info?
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