Obama’s privacy plan puts pinch on Google

“Google’s trickery of tracking users of Apple’s (AAPL) Macs, iPhones and iPads without their knowledge or permission recently raised a firestorm when Jonathan Mayer of Stanford University found that Google intentionally circumvented Safari’s privacy feature,” Nigam Arora writes for Forbes. “Caught red-handed, Google offered a convoluted explanation.”

“President Obama has stepped in to slay Google’s privacy violations, introducing on Thursday a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” Arora writes. “Unfortunately the monster will not be slayed easily. First, Google has plenty of tricks up its sleeve to give lip service to the bill but circumvent its spirit. Second, Google has plenty of money to engage the best lobbyists to water down the bill.”

Arora writes, “Google has diversified but its bread and butter is still search. If Google cannot track, it dilutes its offerings of targeted advertisements. The stronger the bill, the more detrimental it will be to Google’s financial performance.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]

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75 Comments

  1. Glad I’ve got some popcorn and a good beer. You can’t find better entertainment than these posts. Oh, wait. I can find better. There’s a patch of paint drying over there…

    1. Why do I find you so funny when you say things like this? And why do I find myself drawn to these pagan spectacles? And why is there air?

      Note to self: obtain help soon

          1. It’s about time, Obama has done nothing to help blacks help themselves. He’s made things much worse for them. Every democrat controlled area of the country is a cesspool. And blacks tend to call other blacks that have common sense uncle toms or sell outs, JaneyShepard.

            1. @Froid

              I recall that Bill Cosby was labeled an Uncle Tom or sell-out by some black activists a few years ago, just as you say. At the time I had to admire Cosby for speaking his mind about an important social issue that liberals had been afraid to touch—black parenting.

              Rush defended Bill Cosby for that, and both took heat from the left. But awareness was raised considerably, and even heated dialog is superior to doing NOTHING and pretending the problem ISN’T THERE.

  2. Google keeps getting caught stealing private and confidential information, be it from stealing wifi information from so called vans being driven around listening to and gathering ALL wifi signals across USA and Canada, all their constant whining that Apple steals from them, and of course this treat… What can we do to kill Google. End it completely? And why doesn’t american “justice” do anything about all this corruption? Is justice blind because Google hacked her too? You guys will jail for truly petty things, but the creeps at Google can go on? Nice.
    On a side note… has anyone else noticed that youtube ( which is of course connected with Google) is dodgy on Safari? I love how they also display banners claiming how Chrome is 10x better than Safari… ummm wow. It’s slow and craptastic ( i guess all the revenue ads they have to force install on each page so they get paid for the ads even when we ignore the ads) and I wonder if its because Google is trying to trick Safari users into switching… ohh youtube is slow today, but look an ad for free download of Chrome!

    1. How about that Deathstar? By the way, did you see the recent cost estimate for the Deathstar? $8.1 quadrillion! Now, THAT’S government spending the Rethuglicans could probably get behind… but health care? No way.

      1. It’s not healthcare you will be getting shit for brains. It’s called liberal control and begging for horrific, non medical care. Ever been to the motor vehicle department?????????????? You would never, ever, want the government in charge of your healthcare. They will destroy it and the US. You stupid, ignorant commie.

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