To add to the confusion, the Internet is a public and ubiquitous space. People, businesses, and communities all have access to information. If something goes wrong online, we all have the ability to have that information, including the facts, corrected.
This is exactly why it’s so important to practice good internet etiquette. The best thing you can do for yourself is to always do your best to protect the information that you have.
The biggest issue I have with this whole story is that the fact that the author of this whole story is the same person who wrote a number of other articles where he’s basically claimed that the government had the right to take over Google while trying to hide the fact that Google was secretly selling the personal information of its users. In other words, Google is nothing more than the government’s PR firm. The fact that he was a senior Google executive is beside the point.
Basically, the author of the story is a former Senior Google executive who wrote a number of articles claiming that the government had the right to take over Google and control its search engine as part of a PR move to keep the truth about Google’s privacy violations from coming out. The author is basically claiming that the government lied about Google in order to hide the fact that Google was selling user data.
I am not here to debate the merits of PR. What I am concerned with here is the implications that PR has for Google and its search results. If the author of this article is indeed a former Google executive, then Google should be worried about how the company is going to react to this incident. If the author of this article is not, then the author’s claims are a bit of an overreaction.
I cannot believe for a second that Google would be concerned by a few bad apples getting access to user data. They have millions of employees and they’re still a huge money-maker for the company, so who knows what could happen if the wrong person got ahold of sensitive user data.
I’m not saying Google’s response is going to be anything other than what they have already planned. I’m just saying that it’s possible they don’t have plans in place or that they are just going to be too busy to get involved.
We might be able to stop Google from just giving users access to personal information without cause of a single incident, but we can’t stop them from doing it at all. As in, if they have no plans in place, they have to do it. That’s why Google wants you to have all the information you can.
If you are worried that Google might have some sort of malicious intent, fear not. Not only does Google not need to get involved with things like this, but we have an entire section of our website dedicated to our list of incidents of unauthorized disclosure of personal information.
This list is the most comprehensive, and we try to highlight any one of these events as a cause for concern.