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Why Google Has Too Much Power |NYT articles : Just scratching the ‘gates’ of the mines….

December 19, 2012
The Emperor of All Identities
Google’s aim isn’t only to sell ads, it’s to collect personal data: yours.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/opinion/why-google-has-too-much-power-over-your-private-life.html?smid=pl-share

U.S. Inquiry of Google Is Expected to Press On
Google must submit a plan in January to change its practices to avoid a fine or finding of wrongdoing, Europe’s top antitrust enforcer said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/technology/google-wins-time-from-eu-antitrust-enforcer.html?smid=pl-share

I think that the real issue isn’t going to be these ‘revelations’ and court cases – but the issue of how we can all learn what we can and maybe ‘should’ do to protect ourselves to the best of our abilities.

I have nothing personally against Google or Facebook. They’re companies and they make a lot of good products that billions of people like. They are just corporate entities though – and if history teaches us anything it’s that 99.9% of corporate entities do not act in our personal realm of ethics and morals – or at least the don’t until they get caught or forced to do so. It’s why we have regulations and laws that go along with capitalism, obviously.  We all know that the game (usually) is to maximize profitability and shareholder value. It’s kind of absurd to argue otherwise.

I started this blog because I wanted to educate myself (and others) regarding things like the safest means of using email, learning where and how my data is stored online, and perhaps continuing to investigate and understand what my digital fingerprints have touched, and if there is anything I can do about it.

I don’t know why it takes these governmental investigative agencies so long to act.

I suspect that for a lot of people the fingerprints are permanently etched and what can be ‘done’ is less than many people (including myself) would like to do in terms of clean-up.

I do want to give people a sense that there is HOPE though – with proper training and (hopefully) simple enough tools.

I do know that many hundreds of writers, bloggers, podcasts, security specialists, and countless end-users have been stating the ‘obvious’ long before I came along.

I’m just trying to figure out what to do about it.

Hopefully as I gain the cybersecurity education (formally) and mix it in with my life/work experience I will be able to help myself and others do what ‘can’ be done.

Maybe even help a bit in training newer users regarding how to (like my tagline) ‘navigate the digital(mines) and play IT Safe(er).’

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