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J. Edgar Google compiling personal YouTube viewing dossiers
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-07-07 10:59
We learn from the AP that J.Edgar Google can indeed track what you are individually watching on YouTube.
- AP: "In a statement, Google said it was "disappointed the court granted Viacom's overreaching demand for viewing history. We are asking Viacom to respect users' privacy and allow us to anonymize the logs before producing them under the court's order."" [Bold added]
- The obvious implication here in Google's own words is that the logs of people's YouTube viewing habits are not anonymous to Google -- they can track what you are watching, but no one else should be able to -- because it would be a privacy problem for another company to clandestinely surveil users -- but of course not for Google to do it -- because only Google has the "don't be evil" motto and the special Monopoly" "Get-out-of-jail-free-card" that comes with it.
- As a New York Times article on the same subject suggests, Google is exploiting another privacy loophole:
- "Congress passed the law to protect the video rental records of individuals, after a newspaper disclosed the rental records of Robert H. Bork, then a Supreme Court nominee."
Bottom line: J. Edgar Google, like J. Edgar Hoover before them, knows vastly more private/intimate information on more people than most anyone appreciates -- with minimal accountability.
- For anyone concerned about their privacy, don't miss my important previous post on "J. Edgar Google: Information Is Power + No Accountability."