Is Google a friend or an enemy?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by firefox2008, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Predator vs prey is more accurate than enemy vs friend.
  2. dogbite

    dogbite Registered Member

    Dec 13, 2012
    I tried to get away from it, but (unfortunately) I must admit that they are far better than anyone (Microsoft, Apple, etc) in terms of provided services, reliability, usability, etc.
    I mean, I am aware about their privacy unfriendly behavior, but at the end I decided to carry on using their services, just with some precautions.
  3. deBoetie

    deBoetie Registered Member

    Aug 7, 2013
    Good analogy - or maybe it's even indifference towards the product, who comes to the slaughter voluntarily on the basis of some free sweets.
  4. Behold Eck

    Behold Eck Registered Member

    Aug 23, 2013
    The Outer Limits
    Even God uses it on occasion.

    Regards Eck:)
  5. Veeshush

    Veeshush Registered Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    Google is so large and employs so many you can't hate it all as a whole in black and white. They do have some smart people working for them (to put it lightly). There's a lot of money and great stuff they've funded that could fill a book. (same could be said of a lot of conglomerates, like Microsoft)

    What I don't like about them is their monopoly status of easily bubbling people into using all their services, especially with Android devices. And their services are considered privacy risks, where most people privacy conscience wouldn't even want to use their search engine- the very thing they're most known for. Yet had they not even gone with Android being Linux based, then we wouldn't have any non proprietary tablets and smart phones, so. Certainly Apple and Microsoft aren't exactly pulling for open source the way Google has. I'm being vague and simplifying examples, but, I just don't feel like getting really into it. I'd rather just at least make the point.

    So yeah, Google does some good in its way, but there's a ton of other software and services more privacy based popping up now, and those deserve a larger user base, more eyes on them and more funding/ad revenue.
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