Consumer Watchdog has published an annotated version of a leaked Google presentation on "competition" and "openness", thoroughly debunking Google's claims that its business practices are not monopolistic or a threat to user privacy. See the marked up Google presentation for yourself.
I'm just an average man with an average life
I work from nine to five; hey, hell, I pay the price
All I want is to be left alone in my average home
But why do I always feel like
I'm in the Twilight Zone
I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
And I have no privacy...
— Rockwell, Somebody's Watching Me
Track the growth of the Monster of Mountain View with this handy subway map of Google's acquisitions over the years.
"Google's increasing ability to deep-drill into the minutiae of a user's life and lifestyle choices must in our view be coupled with well defined and mature user controls and an equally mature privacy outlook. Neither of these elements has been demonstrated. Rather, we have witnessed an attitude to privacy within Google that at its most blatant is hostile, and at its most benign is ambivalent. These dynamics do not pervade other major players such as Microsoft or eBay, both of which have made notable improvements to the corporate ethos on privacy issues."
— Privacy International, 2007
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