Google: Don’t be Evil?

Is it possible that Google, which from the 1st minute of existence had the motto of “Don’t be Evil,” is slowly moving away from their initial philosophy? So, what do you guys think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, but before expressing your opinion, start by watching this quick video.

Ok, now that you’ve seen this, tell us what you think.

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41 Responses to Google: Don’t be Evil?

  1. I think British people say "privacy" funnily.

    Uh, anyway, if you have ever said anything online, you probably have no privacy. It's very difficult to stay 100% anonymous online. Even your IP address can track you.

  2. I think British people say “privacy” funnily.

    Uh, anyway, if you have ever said anything online, you probably have no privacy. It’s very difficult to stay 100% anonymous online. Even your IP address can track you.

  3. LOL – you know, if that video din't have a British narrator, it wouldn't be scary at all.

    I will continue to use G-Mail and Google. Yeah, it's pretty obvious that they scan e-mail for text ads. I just don't think they have any more "data" on us than our ISPs, other free e-mail services, or even our own employers' intranet systems do.

    Google is a great "big brother" ;)

  4. LOL – you know, if that video din’t have a British narrator, it wouldn’t be scary at all.

    I will continue to use G-Mail and Google. Yeah, it’s pretty obvious that they scan e-mail for text ads. I just don’t think they have any more “data” on us than our ISPs, other free e-mail services, or even our own employers’ intranet systems do.

    Google is a great “big brother” ;)

  5. I prefer Google to Microsoft. At least they give me good free products instead of expensive junk.

    Sure, they scan your stuff. But when you are online you are exposed to this all the time. If you want REAL privacy, then don't go online. As simple as that.

  6. I prefer Google to Microsoft. At least they give me good free products instead of expensive junk.

    Sure, they scan your stuff. But when you are online you are exposed to this all the time. If you want REAL privacy, then don’t go online. As simple as that.

  7. I prefer Google to Microsoft. At least they give me good free products instead of expensive junk.

    Sure, they scan your stuff. But when you are online you are exposed to this all the time. If you want REAL privacy, then don’t go online. As simple as that.

  8. Oh no's they got my DNA. Well anyway on a more serious note, where is the proof? I heard many so called facts but no proof to back it up. Storing the whole internet, how could even Google afford the hard drive space? The video contains a lot of speculation, but no proof. Fear, Uncertainty, and doubt is all the video conveys.

    • @cash – the same way that they can afford the hard drive space to give anyone a free 2.what'sthenumberuptonow? GB of e-mail. i mean, the wayback machine (archive.org) can do it. why not google? not that i think they're doing anything wrong. i'm all about free information.

      regarding the video, and the points it brought up – yeah, google has for some time now had the ability to profile its users. this isn't new. anytime you connect to a host, it logs it. and i do agree with cash – i smell some fud here. lots of it, really.

      in my not quite humble opinion, google is doing good things for people. when it starts being evil – or rather, when we get real, hardcore evidence of it, as opposed to fud – we can start seriously thinking against them. thus far, they've been a far better company to deal with than microsoft.

  9. Oh no’s they got my DNA. Well anyway on a more serious note, where is the proof? I heard many so called facts but no proof to back it up. Storing the whole internet, how could even Google afford the hard drive space? The video contains a lot of speculation, but no proof. Fear, Uncertainty, and doubt is all the video conveys.

    • @cash – the same way that they can afford the hard drive space to give anyone a free 2.what’sthenumberuptonow? GB of e-mail. i mean, the wayback machine (archive.org) can do it. why not google? not that i think they’re doing anything wrong. i’m all about free information.

      regarding the video, and the points it brought up – yeah, google has for some time now had the ability to profile its users. this isn’t new. anytime you connect to a host, it logs it. and i do agree with cash – i smell some fud here. lots of it, really.

      in my not quite humble opinion, google is doing good things for people. when it starts being evil – or rather, when we get real, hardcore evidence of it, as opposed to fud – we can start seriously thinking against them. thus far, they’ve been a far better company to deal with than microsoft.

  10. They scan my stuff, trace my web navigation etc?

    But, at my workplace, corporate proxy, corporate mail and IM systems do the same. And theese ones are storing my data, even private. Even the data that, I believe, Ggle(psst! don't pronounce his name! HE may be listening to us!=) don't know about.

  11. They scan my stuff, trace my web navigation etc?

    But, at my workplace, corporate proxy, corporate mail and IM systems do the same. And theese ones are storing my data, even private. Even the data that, I believe, Ggle(psst! don’t pronounce his name! HE may be listening to us!=) don’t know about.

  12. Google's 'evil' agenda exposed in new book

    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE

    The company refuses to give the U.S. government records of impersonal data regarding searches that threaten no one, but happily provides information about potential dissidents to the tyrannical, repressive dictators in Beijing.

    The company disregards commemorations of national American holidays such as Memorial Day, but never forgets to remind users about Halloween and Earth Day.

    The company has refused to link to some news sources critical of radical Islam, but hosts blogs containing homosexual pornography.

    The company hosts blogs promoting "boy love" and sexual relationships between men and adolescents, but refuses to run ads from a Christian ministry to homosexuals.

    The company's top executive presides over a business that makes it easy to find out nearly anything about anyone, but protests when people use his service to find out about him.

    The company has blocked ads attacking Bill and Hillary Clinton, but welcomes ads attacking President Bush and other Republican leaders.

    The company, apparently in its bid to romance Beijing, wiped Taiwan, an independent and free island nation, off the face of its Internet maps.

    The company, one of the great free enterprise success stories of the decade, gives nearly all of its political donations to those who seek to rein in and regulate capitalism.

    • >>The company hosts blogs promoting “boy love” and sexual relationships between men and adolescents, but refuses to run ads from a Christian ministry to homosexuals.

      • ugh WordPress's parser is bleh

        In response to that part. YOU ARE A LIAR! I had ads from myreligiousrights.org show up on my gay rights blog. The ads were for how gay rights legislation takes away the rights of Christians (yeah, I still have yet to understand that one). Because I don't want that dirt showing on my blog, I filter those ads, but I assure you, Google DOES allow "Christian" (love thy neighbor, anyone?) anti-gay ads.

    • "The company, apparently in its bid to romance Beijing, wiped Taiwan, an independent and free island nation, off the face of its Internet maps."

      Did you even type "taiwan" into google maps? Cuz i did, and its still there.

  13. Google's 'evil' agenda exposed in new book

    http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE

    The company refuses to give the U.S. government records of impersonal data regarding searches that threaten no one, but happily provides information about potential dissidents to the tyrannical, repressive dictators in Beijing.

    The company disregards commemorations of national American holidays such as Memorial Day, but never forgets to remind users about Halloween and Earth Day.

    The company has refused to link to some news sources critical of radical Islam, but hosts blogs containing homosexual pornography.

    The company hosts blogs promoting "boy love" and sexual relationships between men and adolescents, but refuses to run ads from a Christian ministry to homosexuals.

    The company's top executive presides over a business that makes it easy to find out nearly anything about anyone, but protests when people use his service to find out about him.

    The company has blocked ads attacking Bill and Hillary Clinton, but welcomes ads attacking President Bush and other Republican leaders.

    The company, apparently in its bid to romance Beijing, wiped Taiwan, an independent and free island nation, off the face of its Internet maps.

    The company, one of the great free enterprise success stories of the decade, gives nearly all of its political donations to those who seek to rein in and regulate capitalism.

    • >>The company hosts blogs promoting “boy love” and sexual relationships between men and adolescents, but refuses to run ads from a Christian ministry to homosexuals.

      • ugh WordPress’s parser is bleh

        In response to that part. YOU ARE A LIAR! I had ads from myreligiousrights.org show up on my gay rights blog. The ads were for how gay rights legislation takes away the rights of Christians (yeah, I still have yet to understand that one). Because I don’t want that dirt showing on my blog, I filter those ads, but I assure you, Google DOES allow “Christian” (love thy neighbor, anyone?) anti-gay ads.

    • “The company, apparently in its bid to romance Beijing, wiped Taiwan, an independent and free island nation, off the face of its Internet maps.”

      Did you even type “taiwan” into google maps? Cuz i did, and its still there.

  14. Boo-hoo, Google won't take money from Christian hate groups that want to bash queers.

    Sniff-sniff, Google hasn't purged all the pedophiles using its free blogging software.

    Sob-sob, Google wants to do business with China and obeys their disclosure laws while simultaneously upholding U.S. privacy rights better than our own leaders do.

    Wah-wah-wah…

    Grow up, Ben. The last time I checked there were thousands of anti-gay, anti-Halloween, anti-Democrat, anti-American nutjobs just like you using Bloggers, Gmail, Google Pages, Google Groups, ad nauseum.

    Don't you have better things to do with you time, like plot the establishment of an American theocracy, or organizing a book-burning or something?

    • rofl, your comment is the best one so far Jeff, and I agree with you completely..

      This video is mostly FUD, but hey, without stuff like that on the net, the web wouldn't be as interesting!

  15. Boo-hoo, Google won’t take money from Christian hate groups that want to bash queers.

    Sniff-sniff, Google hasn’t purged all the pedophiles using its free blogging software.

    Sob-sob, Google wants to do business with China and obeys their disclosure laws while simultaneously upholding U.S. privacy rights better than our own leaders do.

    Wah-wah-wah…

    Grow up, Ben. The last time I checked there were thousands of anti-gay, anti-Halloween, anti-Democrat, anti-American nutjobs just like you using Bloggers, Gmail, Google Pages, Google Groups, ad nauseum.

    Don’t you have better things to do with you time, like plot the establishment of an American theocracy, or organizing a book-burning or something?

    • rofl, your comment is the best one so far Jeff, and I agree with you completely..

      This video is mostly FUD, but hey, without stuff like that on the net, the web wouldn’t be as interesting!

  16. Hi, Kiltak.

    I read your blog regularly, and have even posted there a couple of times. You guys are great – rock on!

  17. Hi, Kiltak.

    I read your blog regularly, and have even posted there a couple of times. You guys are great – rock on!

  18. Google cooperating secretly/undercover with the CIA ?

    How do you even know, oh brilliant british narrator ?

    Google is making researchs regarding DNA ?

    Personnally I think that's a bit scary but i'm pretty sure it's to get tools to fight diseases and cure, say, aids or cancer.

    Even if Google had a evil master plan, you just have to protect your privacy and anyway there will always be hackers guerillas to find a way to F*** up evil-doers plans. I'm personnaly a bit paranoid but this video is stupid.Very entertaining, but still stupid.

    I must admit I would be less worried if Google wasn't US based.

    Can't wait for a viable competitor.

  19. How will they be getting my DNA? I'm not sending Google any blood or urine samples any time soon.

    And man, if they want to know all the personal details about the fabulous life of a broke 20 year old college student, so be it. Man, while they're at it, digging into my personal business, I hope someone feels sorry for me and fixes my credit.

  20. How will they be getting my DNA? I’m not sending Google any blood or urine samples any time soon.

    And man, if they want to know all the personal details about the fabulous life of a broke 20 year old college student, so be it. Man, while they’re at it, digging into my personal business, I hope someone feels sorry for me and fixes my credit.

  21. Google cooperating secretly/undercover with the CIA ?

    How do you even know, oh brilliant british narrator ?

    Google is making researchs regarding DNA ?

    Personnally I think that’s a bit scary but i’m pretty sure it’s to get tools to fight diseases and cure, say, aids or cancer.

    Even if Google had a evil master plan, you just have to protect your privacy and anyway there will always be hackers guerillas to find a way to F*** up evil-doers plans. I’m personnaly a bit paranoid but this video is stupid.Very entertaining, but still stupid.

    I must admit I would be less worried if Google wasn’t US based.

    Can’t wait for a viable competitor.

  22. Fud this early in the morning makes my head hurt. Stop your pissing and moaning. Seriously covertly creating dossier for the cia? Base on what? Leaked memo, whistle blower? any thing other than some fear mongering whore whispering in the shadow? I cannot imagine that the geek superstars of google wouldn't riot and burn the googleplex if they for one moment thought that was true. If one person was working on something of that nature, even a whisper of that in the hall, and I cannot imagine that wouldn't have already been front page news. If not here, internationally for sure. We live under a microscope here, I cannot imagine for even a minute that those accusations have a chance of being true.

  23. Fud this early in the morning makes my head hurt. Stop your pissing and moaning. Seriously covertly creating dossier for the cia? Base on what? Leaked memo, whistle blower? any thing other than some fear mongering whore whispering in the shadow? I cannot imagine that the geek superstars of google wouldn’t riot and burn the googleplex if they for one moment thought that was true. If one person was working on something of that nature, even a whisper of that in the hall, and I cannot imagine that wouldn’t have already been front page news. If not here, internationally for sure. We live under a microscope here, I cannot imagine for even a minute that those accusations have a chance of being true.

  24. If google wants my genome they can have it. What are they gonna do, send me drug ads based on what diseases im likely to get?

    On second thought, that’s not a bad idea. If they’re not already sequencing everyone’s DNA, they definitely SHOULD.

  25. If google wants my genome they can have it. What are they gonna do, send me drug ads based on what diseases im likely to get?

    On second thought, that's not a bad idea. If they're not already sequencing everyone's DNA, they definitely SHOULD.

  26. Sure Google collects data on me. But the data I give them is false. I use a fake name online–several, in fact. I ship to an address different from my own. So while they are assembling a detailed dossier on someone, it isn't me. I do the same thing when I sign up for those grocery store discount cards. So what if they know what some non-existent identity buys? I have credit cards in fake names. I seriously doubt that they could put it all together and identify the real me. (By the way. The photo at the top of the page is me. Do you like my red heels?)

    Kelly (or John . . or Sarah . . .or Bill)

  27. Sure Google collects data on me. But the data I give them is false. I use a fake name online–several, in fact. I ship to an address different from my own. So while they are assembling a detailed dossier on someone, it isn’t me. I do the same thing when I sign up for those grocery store discount cards. So what if they know what some non-existent identity buys? I have credit cards in fake names. I seriously doubt that they could put it all together and identify the real me. (By the way. The photo at the top of the page is me. Do you like my red heels?)

    Kelly (or John . . or Sarah . . .or Bill)

  28. Sure Google collects data on me. But the data I give them is false. I use a fake name online–several, in fact. I ship to an address different from my own. So while they are assembling a detailed dossier on someone, it isn’t me. I do the same thing when I sign up for those grocery store discount cards. So what if they know what some non-existent identity buys? I have credit cards in fake names. I seriously doubt that they could put it all together and identify the real me. (By the way. The photo at the top of the page is me. Do you like my red heels?)

    Kelly (or John . . or Sarah . . .or Bill)

  29. Sure Google collects data on me. But the data I give them is false. I use a fake name online–several, in fact. I ship to an address different from my own. So while they are assembling a detailed dossier on someone, it isn’t me. I do the same thing when I sign up for those grocery store discount cards. So what if they know what some non-existent identity buys? I have credit cards in fake names. I seriously doubt that they could put it all together and identify the real me. (By the way. The photo at the top of the page is me. Do you like my red heels?)

    Kelly (or John . . or Sarah . . .or Bill)