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Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for email and other personal information transmitted online in an effort to distance itself from an Internet dragnet.
All the companies and services have denied giving the U.S. government unfettered access to user data. The companies say they only turn over user data under legally binding orders, and try to regularly resist orders considered to be too broad.
Minimizing the appearance of their involvement in PRISM is important to the technology companies. The companies don't want Web surfers to become paranoid about sharing personal information on their services or, worse yet, avoiding their websites altogether. Attracting big audiences helps the companies sell more advertising. Those ads command higher prices and run more frequently when the companies are able to decipher personal data and determine which parts of the audience are most likely to be interested in certain products.
The stakes are particularly high for Google, which sold $44 billion in digital advertising last year alone.
Originally posted by thePharaoh
people dont mind that private firms like google
collect and distribute information about us
but when the government gets involved to expose what info they have
were meant to get upset?
hmmm...just a perspective
Originally posted by Unity_99
Oh this makes me ill. I can imagine googling, James Gilliland ufo videos and getting the first page filled with Goverment positions on ufo's being weather balloons....! Not the target words! It already feels like this when I search for things, page after page missing the google words, and yet the data base exists, it could get worse.
It was done gradually over many years, but Google now provides organic search results that often look relevant on the surface, but either lead to made-for-AdSense content pages or somewhat sketchy companies who are great at article spinning and comment spamming.
Since their poor results are being talked about with more fervor outside of the search marketing industry, it's possible that they have indeed crossed the line. Numerous mainstream publications and highly regarded bloggers have taken notice and written about the putrid results. While Google is used to negative press, the current wave of stories hits them at their core -- or at least what most people believe to be their core -- their search results.
Originally posted by Dianec
reply to post by Ex_CT2
I've never trusted email. Old fashioned i guess in that regard. If I want to write a letter I send it with a stamp. I only use email for short messages. It's too late for google and Facebook has always been monitored. That one is a no brainer.
I wonder if it makes a difference if someone searches for something using the upper bar in their screen or not. When I want to search for something I have to wait for a moment because it wants me to search for it in google (will boot me out of upper search bar if i dont wait), and into the google one below. Who controls that upper right bar. It's not google on my MacBook.