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Windows 7: Google Scolded By Privacy Officials.


21 Apr 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Google Scolded By Privacy Officials.

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Buzz, the company's social networking arm for Gmail, continues to elicit criticism.

Data protection officials from ten countries on Tuesday chastised Google CEO Eric Schmidt in an open letter for his company's handling of the launch of Google Buzz and asked the company to commit to building greater privacy protections into its future services.

The letter was sent by Jennifer Stoddart, privacy commissioner of Canada, and signed by her counterparts in France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom.

"[W]e are increasingly concerned that, too often, the privacy rights of the world's citizens are being forgotten as Google rolls out new technological applications," the letter states. "We were disturbed by your recent rollout of the Google Buzz social networking application, which betrayed a disappointing disregard for fundamental privacy norms and laws."

The letter also notes that Google has a history of privacy problems with its services, particularly Google Maps Street View, which has hit roadblocks -- both literally and figuratively -- as it has been deployed around the world.
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http://www.darkreading.com/insiderth...44&cid=RSSfeed

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21 Apr 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Google... All your information are belong to us...
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21 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

It's amzing how much information on a person is so readily avalible as it is. I searched once on a site with my name and found 2 old girlfriends using my last name and my address??? It's kinda getting scary to me. Thanks for posting this. Fabe
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21 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) / OS X Snow Leopard
 
 

I stay away from Google, and its services, as much as I can.
No Chrome, no Gmail, etc. Very occasionally I use Google search.
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21 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ahriman View Post
I stay away from Google, and its services, as much as I can.
No Chrome, no Gmail, etc. Very occasionally I use Google search.
Ditto. I avoid Google.
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21 Apr 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ahriman View Post
I stay away from Google, and its services, as much as I can.
No Chrome, no Gmail, etc. Very occasionally I use Google search.
Ditto. I avoid Google.
Me too. Google is too invasive.
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21 Apr 2010   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

If someone could refer me to a webmail service that is equal to GMail, I would get rid of my account there, but I don't think that such a thing exists.

As for Google, I would be the last to argue for preferring it, but it does have some handy features, like being able to select the cache, rather than a live link. I often use Scroogle instead, because it cleans Google up some, but even though I have it listed in search engines and on my Speeddial, I too often forget. Old habits are hard to break.
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21 Apr 2010   #8

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ahriman View Post
I stay away from Google, and its services, as much as I can.
No Chrome, no Gmail, etc. Very occasionally I use Google search.
Ditto. I avoid Google.
Me too. Google is too invasive.
Ditto.

My love for Google has long since soured and is in the current process of divorce.

Despite it's flaws - I've taken to using Bing as much as possible.

Plus I block *google-everybloodything.com* as much as humanly possible.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
If someone could refer me to a webmail service that is equal to GMail, I would get rid of my account there, but I don't think that such a thing exists.
Windows Live Mail / hotmail. Not perfect either though
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21 Apr 2010   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
If someone could refer me to a webmail service that is equal to GMail, I would get rid of my account there, but I don't think that such a thing exists.
Windows Live Mail / hotmail. Not perfect either though
I don't know anything about WLM, but I did have a hotmail account once, years ago, and I got rid of it when I started getting spam shortly after opening the account, and I was more careful then than now, about where I let my email address be found. I felt that the source of the "leak" was hotmail itself.
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21 Apr 2010   #10

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
If someone could refer me to a webmail service that is equal to GMail, I would get rid of my account there, but I don't think that such a thing exists.
You can get rid of a Gmail account? I thought it was impossible, cuz I can't find a way to get rid of mine. It's like they think they own me, or something.
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