Australia minister attacks creepy Google in Web row
Stephen Conroy said Google had committed the "single greatest breach in the history of privacy" by collecting private wireless data while taking pictures for its "Street View" mapping service, and dismissed claims it was an accident.
"It was actually quite deliberate... The computer program that collected it was designed to collect this information," Conroy told a Senate committee hearing late Monday.
Asked whether he was disputing Googles assertion that the Street View cars had gathered the fragments of personal data in error, Conroy said: "Yes. Im saying they wrote a piece of code designed to do it."
Google has led criticism of Conroys plan for an Australia-wide Internet filter, warning it could damage the nations reputation as a liberal democracy and set a dangerous global precedent.
Canberras bid to block sites featuring material such as rape, drug use, bestiality and child sex abuse with an Internet-wide content filter also attracted condemnation from Yahoo! and Microsoft.
But Conroy accused Google of hypocrisy when it came to censorship, and said it considered itself above the law, singling out chief executive Eric Schmidt for reproach.
"When it comes to their attitude to their own censorship, their response is simply, trust us. That is what they actually state on their website: Trust us," said Conroy, a Senator with the ruling centre-left Labor party.
"They consider that they are the appropriate people to make the decisions about peoples privacy data, and that they are perfectly entitled to drive the streets and collect private information by photographing over fences."
"I think that the approach taken by Mr. Schmidt is a bit creepy, frankly," Conroy added.
Conroy also slammed Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, for what he said was a "complete disregard" for users privacy, describing it as a "corporate giant who is answerable to no one and motivated solely by profit".
"Zuckerberg, after breaking up with his girlfriend, developed a website of all the photos from his yearbook so he and his mates could rank the girls according to their looks. An auspicious start for Facebook," Conroy said of the social sites origins.
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam accused the communications minister of a "corporate character assassination" of Google, but Conroy said he was merely "describing their own words and actions".
Article from: technology.inquierer.net
Google Street View Logs WiFi Networks, Mac Addresses
US gov uses Google proxy to attack China - Webster Tarpley (Video)
Chinese web users boycott Google
Chinese media hits out at Google, alleges intelligence links
Islam is ... verboten on Google
"Climate Change Scenarios" Google Earth reinforces the threat
"Augmented Aerial Earth" Real Time Google Video Surveillance
Who Needs Spy Satellites? Google Earth Pinpoints Where Missile Targeted Taliban
Angry British villagers stop Google maps car
Big Brother row as police force starts using Google camera cars to fine wayward drivers
Google Earth reveals secret history of US base in Pakistan
Google cranks up the Consensus Engine
Facebook Founder Called Trusting Users Dumb F*cks
Facebooks Gone Rogue; Its Time for an Open Alternative
Latest News from our Front Page
Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female
Shieldmaidens are not a myth! A recent archaeological discovery has shattered the stereotype of exclusively male Viking warriors sailing out to war while their long-suffering wives wait at home with baby Vikings. (We knew it! We always knew it.) Plus, some other findings are challenging that whole ârape and pillageâ thing, too.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided ...
Off Your Knees, Germany! Ernst Zundel 1983 - 2003
For more information on the holocaust, how the war was forced upon Germany, and the REAL victims of the second world war see:
IRS Drops Attack For Six Years â No Evidence of Jurisdiction
A big congrats to a friend Iâve been working with for several years, he stood up to the predators commonly called the âIRSâ and they dropped their attack. Thanks also for providing me with the proof below.
The criminals called the âIRSâ initiated an attack claiming my friend was required to file six tax returns, or explain how he made ...
Into Eternity - Finland's 100,000 Year Massive Underground Spent Nuclear Fuel Program
Into Eternity is a documentary about a deep geological repository for nuclear waste. The concept of long-term underground storage for radioactive waste has been explored since the 1950s. The inner part of the Russian doll-like storage canisters is to be composed of copper. Hence in the case of Onkalo it is tightly linked to experiments on copper corrosion in running ...
SPLC Accuses Oath Keepers of Inciting âArmed Confrontationâ Over Sugar Pine Mine
The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused Oath Keepers of inciting an armed confrontation with BLM authorities over the Sugar Pine Mine dispute in Oregon, despite the fact that the organization has explicitly stated that it is not promoting armed confrontation with the feds.
In an article provocatively posted on the organizationâs âHatewatchâ section entitled Oath Keepers Descend Upon Oregon with ...
|More News » |