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Friday, January 20, 2006

Child Porn on Google

This is a good example of the need for people to read more than the headlines.  Today, I received a comment  from a family friend, “I hear Google is in trouble with the government for child porn.”  ACK!!!! 
I always say, “It doesn’t matter what they say, as long as they’re talking about you…” well, this is a situation where that may not be true.

If you read beyond the headlines you’ll see that Google is the hero of this story trying to protect the rights of all internet users.  The Bush administration isn’t actually looking for information which would help them track users who search for porn. They’re looking for information to show trends. They want to prove that internet filters aren’t working.  While from their view point this seems like a reasonable request it’s not Google’s responsibility or mandate to provide this kind of information. The government could always contract with companies like Claria to spy on user habits.  (*tongue in cheek)

Google could easily have complied, as others have, to this subpoena for information but they didn’t.  Google is a privacy time bomb and this effort makes a huge statement about trusting Google. I fear it’s only the beginning of how the government could use internet tracking to abuse individual rights.

This is a big story that won’t go away.  There will be an impact on Google’s worldwide image. For those who support Google, they’ll continue to use their favorite search engine.  For those who don’t read beyond the headlines, it will hurt Google’s image.  Either way, it should make everyone aware, individual privacy isn't what it used to be.

* Tongue in cheek: To keep yourself from laughing at a bad time, you can thrust your tongue into your cheek. Back in the 1700's, this was used to signal contempt for another person. Over the years the meaning changed to be more humor related.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMO, the federal government is just going on a fishing expedition. I applaud Google for saying NO to the "request" even though no personal identifiable data will be included. I believe that this time the feds will accept this "cleaned" data. Next time they will probably want the whole thing. It is time to stand up and set a precedent. There are enough threats to our privacy already, let's not give the government any more easy ways to pry into our private lives.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Tracy Eckels said...

I see this as just one more reprehensable act by our burgeoning totalitarian government. It is incredibly ironic that we went to war against a dictator like Hussain, only to have our own government use the same tactics he employed.
There are three emergent technologies that if left in the hands of the government, could give incredible control to everything we see, hear, and say!
I'm talking about:
#1,"Broadcast Flag" techlology could be used to target audiences directly by geographical location and political affiliation. Furthermore, it could be used to deny access to media that others don't want you to see, like one political party blocking the ads of another.
#2, The NSA secret spying program. How many people remember the "Total Awareness Program" that was supposedly shot down by congress after the 9/11 attacks? This program was remarkably similar to the NSA's current ability to monitor thousands of conversations of conversations and e-mails and pick out keywords worth looking at. Big brother is listening, and without judicial oversite!
#3, Search engine records. With this information and other information that is already available about you, like every thing you buy, wherever you buy gas or travel to, there is no more privacy in America.
When our president overrules our Constitution to spy on us, we have lost our Democracy and the rule is no longer in the hands of the people.

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Ask Google or the Govenerment said...

Why not just use some of the "anti-terrorism" laws taht predate both "Patriot" Acts to demand any information they want, complete with privacy data, because don't we all know that terrorists use kiddie porn as a major source of their funds? Nevermind the fact that a 60 Minutes years ago said point-blank that the USPS Postal Inspectors produced 90% of all the kiddie porn.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous David B said...

You fools need to hop on the clue bus and realize that our government is not sadistic like you think. Despite all their shortcomings, our leaders ARE looking out for our best interests and those of our children. Tracey, you want to describe a totalitarian government?? ...travel more. If you're not doing something wrong, why would you worry that you may be "overheard?"

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once got an incest porn site listed in my search results during a search for something totally different. The name of the web site and its description on Google was graphic and horrific. I called Google right away thinking they would surely want this removed and take action. Nope. They blamed their search "robots" for the results and told me to call the FBI. Google doesn't care that their site lists this kind of material that caters to PREDATORS to OUR CHILDREN. Anyway, the FBI gave me the run around also and told me to contact RCMP (since I'm Canadian), and the RCMP told me to call someone else... Nobody cares.

1:16 PM  

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