Comments On Google And Privacy

I get really tired of pronouncements and pontifications about how dangerous it is to use Google’s services. It seems like everyone with a blog and a smattering of knowledge about things that go “bump” online eventually checks in with a paranoid rant about how Google is really the Great Satan and how we’re nuts to let it have all our information.

Well, as regular readers know, it’s my personal opinion that no one has any privacy on the Web anyway, and if you don’t want the world to know your business, remember the adage that the only way to keep a secret is tell no one else about it (and pray you don’t get involved in a CIA rendition).

So, when I ran across these postings by Tim O’Reilly and Matt Cutts, I thought it would be nice to share them with you. Both point out that there are many more immediate things to worry about than Google’s information gathering, and reinforce my remarks above. I’m sure this will not be the end of the matter but, as far as I’m concerned, people who worry about Google in the face of other privacy threats need their meds adjusted.

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