Related link: http://gmail-is-too-creepy.com/
I must admit, I’m not sure what to think of these folks. On the one hand, I think we’ve sacrificed a lot of privacy in the name of progress, and I think Database Nation should be required reading. Skepticism is certainly a virtue, and if the once superb, now defunct magazine that used Napoleon’s words as their motto, Brill’s Content, were still around, I’m sure they’d be a bit skeptical of Google as well.
But on the other hand, I love Google, and I appreciate how they’ve managed to consistently maintain quality (and apparently obscene profitability) without resorting to the kind of shenanigans François Joseph de Kermadec came across.
For now, I’d rather see some serious skepticism pointed toward something I find a lot creepier than Google.
Is Google creepy?