“Adi Kamdar, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, warns against this kind of thing,” Metz reports. “‘This poses some clear privacy issues,’ he says. ‘When we start seeing a pressure to share information with Google, that it pressure to give them a lot more information about you than they already have and it’s a lot more information than you necessarily need to give them. Ultimately, what you’re buying as a security solution or an energy solution that could become a source of information for things like advertising.'”
“The threat is two-fold. First, because it controls such an enormous amount of data about the world’s people, Google becomes a ‘honey pot’ for the NSA and other entities that can go beyond retrieving information via subpoena and National Security Letter and actually hack into Google’s systems, as recent revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have shown,” Metz reports. “And second, you can never be sure how Google will use your personal data. As Meiri points out, Google has already said, in a letter to SEC, that it plans on delivering ads to thermostats and other connected devices.”
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MacDailyNews Take: For those who hold their privacy dear, Apple will be the clear choice.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
Why Apple really values your privacy – unlike Google, Facebook, or Amazon – June 25, 2014