Silly question. If you are a marxist-moonbat the answer is no. If you believe in the Constitution of the United States the answer is yes. Simple…isn’t it?
Google’s unofficial motto may be “Don’t Be Evil,” but a new book questions that pledge.
“Google knows you better than you know yourself,” charges Scott Cleland, author of “Search & Destroy, Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc.” “They know what you want, what you think, what you believe, what you read, what you watch, what you intend to do.”
Cleland stops short of declaring the Internet giant “evil,” but says, “Google pretends to be trustworthy, ethical and unbiased and it is none of the three. It allows anything short of evil.”
Cleland’s biggest concern: Privacy. Through the myriad products and services Google provides, Cleland says the company knows your interests, desires, and needs through Google Search; the news, commentary and books that you read through Google Books; the sound of your voice and the people you call through Google Talk; your medical history and prescriptions, through Google Health; your travel destinations through Google Maps; and the list goes on.
“They are pack rats. They keep everything, and they actually have three copies of everything that goes in there. People have no idea they literally have a mirror of the online world and three copies on Google’s computers,” says Cleland.
Though privacy is Cleland’s largest concern, his criticism does not stop there. He says copyright infringement, antitrust issues and conflicts of interest also plague Google.
“They have no respect for other people’s valuables. They are a serial scofflaw of copyright policy, of patents, of trademarks, and of confidential information.”
“Is it possible to be quoted shrugging my shoulders?” asks Google spokesman Adam Kovacevich when Fox News requested the company’s comment on Cleland’s book. “Everyone knows that Mr. Cleland stopped being a neutral analyst years ago and is now paid by Microsoft and AT&T to criticize Google full-time.”
Cleland, who is also president of a consulting firm, Precursor, has been described as “a payola pundit” by critics, who they say is a consultant to some of Google’s competitors, including Microsoft and AT&T.
When Fox News asked him if he is, in fact, paid by those Google competitors, Cleland refused to confirm it or reveal the names of any of his clients, saying, “I have a research consultancy and I have Fortune 500 clients. I don’t discuss who my clients are at any given time, but I do work for Fortune 500 companies.”
He says, “Google likes to disparage my reputation because I have a message that they don’t like.” […]
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