Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) really does not think of you as a human being. Google Inc is all about the mighty dollar, and it seems to be coming up with every way possible to turn us humans into some walking advertising robot for Google Inc and its advertising partners. Do you feel this way when you use Google Inc services or products?
Let us think about it, and then consider the following news items. First, Google Inc has plainly said in regards to the Internet and to e-mail specifically that we, the users of those services, should not expect to have a modicum of privacy. Well, maybe that is because Google Inc is already tracking everything we do on the Internet. But still, Google Inc makes that claim because it has long been a proponent of an “open Internet,” and having such an open exchange of information means that, by extension, a person cannot explore that world anonymously, with no digital markers that give away identifying information.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is already treading on privacy in several countries, and Google Glass has been talked about as another one of those privacy-violating tools at its disposal in order to gather more information and monetize it within its vibrant and dynamic advertising network.
Answer for your invasion, says UK
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is a major tech company, but it has also been called “arrogant and immoral” by those in other countries, especially those which have rather strict privacy and data-collection laws on the books. In the U.K., the data-collection practices have come under fire in that a group of citizens filed a lawsuit against Google Inc claiming that the company had collected tons of personal information about them without their consent and turned that data-collection into targeted advertising.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) threw what could be called a legal hissy fit, as a recent report said the company “denied vehemently” that the case had merit to be tried in a U.K. court and instead should be tried in California where Google Inc is headquartered. Instead, the U.K. High Court ruled this week that the case can move forward in the Kingdom, which then sent Google Inc lawyers into another coniption, as they said they plan to appeal the ruling.
Hm, We wonder, what part of High Court do the lawyers not understand?
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass gets a citation
Here is an interesting story, speaking of legal issues in California. You think Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has a fair lobbying presence in the state? A software developer, Cecilia Abadie, who is one of about 30,000 Google Glass Explorers trying otu the wearable device in everyday life, is fighting a citation she received from the California Highway Patrol for being distracted while driving.
Abadie, who admits to wearing Google Glass as much as 12 hours every day, claimed through her attorney that the device was not active when she was driving, but she was pulled over and cited for speeding, and the distracted-driving citation – which was applied to a law that bans driving while a TV screen or other monitor is on in the front of the vehicle – was tacked on when the CHP officer noticed Google Glass on Abadie’s face. Abadie is going to traffic court to fight both citations, but especially the distracted-driving ticket.
Three states currently have laws that ban driving with Google Glass, but California is not one of them. Who wants to start a pool that says California will be the last one to ban the device? Does Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) have the ability to keep them legal in the state forever?