Boy, if ever there was testimony that should have IT departments running from any Google product, it’s coming from a lawsuit alleging that Google has violated wiretapping laws by probing private messages to target ads.
Google’s defense? Users—that’s you and me—have no reasonable expectation of privacy when using a third-party service like Gmail. Since Google provides a variety of third-party services to businesses that are partially or completely funded by ads, this policy statement should give IT folks cold chills.
via Google’s Invasions of Privacy, Free But Flawed Products Show Its Arrogance – CIO.com.
As one of its Daily Deals, eBay via the official Acer store is offering a refurbished Acer 11.6″ Chromebook 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD for $130 with free shipping. That is a total savings of 35% off retail and easily the lowest price we’ve ever seen for a Chromebook. Don’t let the refurbished condition scare you away from this deal. It is offered by Acer direct (not some shady 3rd party) and includes a 14 day return policy and 90 day warranty.
via Acer 11.6″ Chromebook 2GB RAM, 320GB HD (Refurbished) $130 shipped (Reg. $199) | 9to5Toys.
If you’re a Google Apps for Business, Government or Education customer, today we’re releasing a few new features designed to make it even easier for you to get things done with Google+. Over the next few days new business-focused features for the Google+ app on Android and general availability of the Google+ Domains API will be rolling out.
via Official Enterprise Blog: Mobile updates and a new API for using Google+ at work.
We won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place.” Google also stressed that this is not an especially new policy, and indeed two weeks ago Steve Lee, director of product management for Google Glass, made a statement along similar lines: “We’ve consistently said that we won’t add new face recognition features to our services unless we have strong privacy protections in place.”
via Google won’t approve facial recognition Glass apps until it has ‘privacy protections in place’ | The Verge.
Google’s brief said: “Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.’” (Motion to dismiss, Page 19)
Read Google’s motion to dismiss here:
“Google has finally admitted they don’t respect privacy,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. “People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents’ privacy don’t use Gmail.”
Google made the statement that people can’t expect privacy when sending a message to a Gmail address in a response to a class action complaint filed in multi-district litigation. The suit says Google violates federal and state wiretap laws when the company reads emails to determine what ads to serve based on the message’s content. The class action complaint was filed under seal because it details many of Google’s business practices about the way it handles email.
via Google Tells Court You Cannot Expect Privacy When Sending Messages to Gmail — People Who Care About Privacy Should Not Use Service, Consumer Watchdog Says | Consumer Watchdog.