Google owns us?28/11/2007 Written by minor
Google is real giant. We have now Google powered search, email, office applications, blogs, satelite maps… We would like to not make any commercial to these services, everybody can make his decision and use it at own risk.
Of course, every activity you do on Google is logged — your searches, emails, even documents you open using Google Docs are saved. And, don’t forget — all this can be used one day against you. Maybe a bit paranoid view, but, considering latest initiative from Google house, we should really take care about our privacy.
It is about interesting project called 23andMe (investors are Google and New Enterprise Associates — NEA). This service offers DNA analysis and services in style of social network page. Only saliva sample is enough to perform such test and after few weeks result is posted online. When database grows up, it can help also specialists to discover dangers through DNA. It looks like good idea, but it also collects data about individuals — and diseases and such are most sensitive and intimate data. Privacy in this case has to be protected on higher level, and since the system is online, it is only matter of time, when it become a target of cyber attacks.
Google has also another interesting projects regarding everyday’s life. Some of the ideas are really good and we also believe in good intentions, like in the case of financing renewable energy projects (and their own contribution to energy saving is Blackle.com). More or less, Google is moving into all fields and it has lot of informations about us, our needs, activities… Just think about it.