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I'm a Google basher. No, I'm not happy

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.131.41.49] on January 02, 2009 03:46 PM
Ok, so I've admitted it. I dislike google. Let me be clear .... most of what Google does isn't bad. However, in the collective "GOOGLE", it is bad, really bad.

I dislike all the private information that 1 entity holds, google.

I dislike that websites everywhere add to that information by using google-analytics (including linux.com, BTW)

I dislike that many people use gmail - forcing me to give up my privacy just to communicate with them. I didn't agree to have my email read, parsed, and collated by google.

Look at the other 50 google applications that you use and all the information that you "give" them about yourself, your friends, your business .... er, for free! I read that google makes $400/yr from advertising information gained by users. Would you pay google $400/yr to keep that data private OR to use their suite of services? I didn't think so.

I have a Nokia N800 since I didn't want to be tied to a mobile data plan for $50/month.

I LOVE the idea of Android phones. I actually use T-Mobile (with a pay-as-you-go phone plan around $70 total last year). I hate that it is tied to google services so they can grab even more of my information. Thanks, but until google agrees in writing to securely wipe all personally identifiable data every 24 hours, no thanks google.

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