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Google More Powerful Than The KGB?

August 23rd, 2007 · 5 Comments

London Metro discusses the growth of Google and the effects for the average user

I’ve been spending a lot of time over the last few weeks on the London transport system due to various work commitments and I always have a read of the free newspapers that are circulated on the Underground. More often than not they are full of celebrity tittle tattle, dull political drivel and the same old regurgitated news that you see everywhere else. Bit like the blogosphere, really…

Anyway, today there were two stories in the London edition of the Metro newspaper which interested me. The first covered the fact that Big G are adding pics from space to Google Earth but the one which grabbed my attention was entitled Too many cookies? and it looks at Googles move from being the small guy in the search industry to being the #1 and questions whether or not they’re still living by their “Don’t be evil” philosophy. It references the AOL data leak last year and puts across an interesting perspective.

“If Google were to co-operate with a snooping government, the spooks could have the sort of surveillance material the KGB and Stasi could only dream about.”
The Metro – Weds August 22 2007

The newspaper is read by hundreds of thousands of UK commuters every day. As far as I’m aware, no other mainstream daily has published this kind of article. The tone of the article is nothing new to anyone who keeps an eye on the search industry but I wonder just how many regular users had their bleary eyes opened on their early morning commute…

Tags: Search Marketing

5 responses so far ↓

  • MONEY BLUE BOOK // Aug 28, 2007 at 2:24 am

    Our activity on the internet is easily monitored by big companies like google…they use cookies and referral information to categorize everyone and analyze traffic to improve their business. There are sooo many privacy issues and possible problems..but no one has really come up with a way to block the surveillance. I think we’ve simply grown used to being tracked… :(

    -Raymond

  • Mike // Aug 28, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    I think you’re right, Raymond. The vast majority of people are unaware of exactly how much data Google collect and *could* use and, let’s face it, if they’re not collecting it, your ISP is…

  • Blog Bloke // Aug 29, 2007 at 5:09 am

    Hey, they can track Blog Bloke all they want… whoever the hell he is :-)

  • Mike // Aug 29, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Is it Henry, the mild mannered janitor?

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