Comments on: The long arm of the Google http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/20/the-long-arm-of-the-google/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: dandraka http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/20/the-long-arm-of-the-google/comment-page-1/#comment-45927 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:57:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=20608#comment-45927 @GRRR I agree, but although “This comb is a series of algorithms and filters. It’s not a room of people parsing your personal records and finding out that you watched porn at work” is accurate, I’m not so reassured that it won’t be misused. And “who watches porn at work”, although embarrasing, isn’t the worst example I can think of.

You are certainly right about Felix’s choice of headline. Google might be the most widely used search engine, but it’s in no way the only source of this kind of information.

]]>
By: GRRR http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/20/the-long-arm-of-the-google/comment-page-1/#comment-45923 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:04:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=20608#comment-45923 Hold on. This comb is a series of algorithms and filters. It’s not a room of people parsing your personal records and finding out that you watched porn at work.

And referencing the Sun Sentinel review of cop-speeders, is irrelevant to Google. In this particular case, your argument is against Big Data, not specifically Google.

So about Big Data:

Mind you, Bing, Yahoo (powered by Bing in the US) are tracking you. Every retailer and credit card company is tracking you. Every bank is checking up on your credit score, and sending you applications to join them. Your ISP has a log of the IPs you’ve visited. Your phone / cellular carrier tracks the phone numbers you’ve dialed. The internet is full of resellers of data concerning any speeding violations or convictions, the owner of any particular address, and whether your property is in foreclosure. If you buy something from CafePress, I, as a seller via CP, have information on the buyer and their location.

Please tell me you people aren’t this ignorant.

]]>
By: KenG_CA http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/20/the-long-arm-of-the-google/comment-page-1/#comment-45922 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:02:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=20608#comment-45922 This will work consistently for the police for a few more years, until people learn that they need to anonymize their searches.

]]>