In 1998, when Google launched its searching service to publics, our way life had been changed and facilitated. Unsuspicious, Google was regarded as a typical representative of Internet openness explorer. What’s more, Google is simple and easy to use. What if you don’t understand something or you want to know more about something, simply Google it and users can be offered with desired answers. Additionally, Google launched its sub-services as well, such as: Google+, Gmail, Calendar, Google Books, and Wallet, Scholarships. These services enable public’s access and share data more convenient. As we say: Google set us free. (The Google Way, page 75 Chapter 7-“An innovation machine”, Bernard Girard)
Nevertheless, from 2007, Google was reported collecting private data without permission in more than 30 nations. For example: Google Books, Google Wallet, Google scholarships and academic articles. These services allow users sharing data without any authorization. A recent case reveals that Google Company had collected sensitive information during a Street View campaign in UK, as the company had earlier indicated. Of course, some of the captured information is very sensitive, such as a list that contains the names of people suffering from medical disease, as well as their telephone numbers and addresses. (Google faces privacy issues, US today, 10/26/2010 4:42 PM)
Obviously, “Internet openness or privacy protection”, on which side can we support? In this paper, the author supposes Google should concentrate more about online privacy problems and protection.
Unauthorized private data collection in Britain and Canada
In 2010, the information Commissioner of United Kingdom reveals that Google had been collecting photos for Google earth street view usage. To achieve this, Google had hired lots of amateur photographers to take photos on London’s street. The collected photos can be used for...