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Google and Privacy Don’t Go Together

The problem with Google’s Don’t Be Evil motto is that Google is a company that on a surface level provides free services to users and pays for it by exploiting their information, from ad sales to consumer profiles, Google parasitically lives off the information it indexes by indexing the information of those who access it. As such Google can no more avoid being evil than Columbian drug dealers can avoid being mean to people. Just as a loan shark’s business involves breaking people’s legs, Google’s business involves invading your privacy. The Google Reader dustup featured a Facebook style backlash against Google for a Facebook style move, not helped in the least by Google’s arrogance, but then Google is the company that thinks everyone’s information should be free for it to distribute, except for the personal information of its own executives. Don’t be evil is more like a memo that no one at Google ever paid attention to.

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