Calls for Google to Spy on us.

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  1. jesusjesus

    jesusjesus Registered Member

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    http://www.techeye.net/internet/worlddog-calls-for-google-to-spy-on-us
    http://theconversation.edu.au/why-didnt-google-catch-the-norway-killer-2514
     
  2. dw426

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    "Google uses data from searches to improve its targeted advertising and search rankings so why didn't the search engine catch the Norway killer?"....um, because Google isn't supposed to play cop? Google didn't put the bomb making site on the net, and it didn't tell the guy to go visit there. I'm getting tired of all these calls to "clean the web" and poke around in the business of others because of a few bad apples on the tree.

    You're not going to stop crime by spying on everyone, actually you're going to turn innocent people into "criminals" because they'll eagerly try and do everything they can to get around these eyes and ears.
     
  3. J_L

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    Exactly. Also, it is very hard to focus on one user out of billions.
    Just because he's searching how to make bombs, doesn't mean he's actually going to use them for evil deeds.
    Then there's those who use proxies, piggyback, and the like.
     
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    Some searches show Norwegian Dagbladet is a tabloid, imao not a real newspaper.
    Second, Norway is going through a very rough period so (some) irrational and unbalanced journalism is to be expected, especially from tabloids.

    Australia..., the way they are going, that I don't get.
     
  5. dw426

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    It's these "rough periods" that are being exploited to gain support for such measures. Put fear and anger into the people, assure them you have the answer, and watch them all line up to kiss your hand. What happened there was tragic and senseless, but it was the work of one unstable man, not a terrorist act. That's how it's being treated though, and it's helping to open a can of worms that might not be able to be closed.

    You can't just simply watch everyone. For one thing, it's impossible, for another, it will have the exact opposite of the effect desired once people realize just what it truly entails.
     
  6. Hungry Man

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    First people cry that Google's doing too much with our information.

    Then people cry that Google's not doing enough with our information.

    Well which is it?
     
  7. Dude111

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    They are doing WAY TOO MUCH!!
     
  8. dw426

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    Honestly it can't be really known what all they do with it. But, that's going to go for Yahoo, Bing, and basically any website. The general public is on a need to know basis, and increasingly we're being told we don't need to know. This isn't about Google though, or at least it shouldn't be. This is about using fear and anger to push for more restrictions, to gain more power. Criminals can be caught without spying on entire nations, it's been done for thousands of years, it can still be done.

    I'm not on some political rant, I'm simply saying a lot of things being called for are unnecessary and lead to bigger problems than they solve.
     
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    TARGETED ADS?

    I just want to know what targeted ads Google delivered as his search went ahead.
     
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