September 4, 2008

Being Evil

"A day after the Google Chrome browser was released, a controversial clause in its "End User License Agreement" (EULA) has been removed following concerns it breached people's privacy and copyright.

Users who downloaded the free browser yesterday were asked to agree to a clause that gave Google a "perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly, perform, publicly display and distribute" any information they typed into a website.

Part of the same clause allowed Google to share the information with "other companies, organisations or individuals with whom Google has relationships".

Google backs down ...

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:44 PM

    Be careful be very careful. It's all happening just the way it was always going to happen.

    We'll all be sitting in front of the screen and watching the world; as the world watches us and takes notes.

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  2. As much as I was an early adopter of Google, and all Googlish things since, I've never understood the notion that they insist on showing me to what is popular with everyone else, rather than what is popular with me.

    A search engine that brings to my doorstep the flotsam of other people's interests and passing idiocies, rather than my own.

    Odd.

    More odd the I have supported this almost lunatic concept.

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  3. Anonymous7:04 PM

    Those same terms are those that people agree to when signing up to Facebook.

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  4. Anon - Facebook does not have a vision statement that says: "don't be evil" - Google does, and has had since day one.

    I'm not and never will sign up to any social site for the very reason of how they are run. No ethics, no morals, and people are not protected from their own stupidity. People sign up to Facebook in full knowledge of this - buyer beware, it's not like they haven't been warned.

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