Google of “Don’t be evil” fame and your private conversations

Google handles a problem when they damn well please – or when it hurts their pocketbook. I remember clearly Eric Schmidt claiming in 2010 how difficult it was to remove terrorist videos from YouTube - “it is very hard algorithmically to monitor inappropriate comment.” The truth behind that lie was that they were very busy developing other uses for algorithms.

Another example has cropped up. An Israeli researcher advised Google four months ago that Google Chrome allows other sites to actually listen in on your private conversations. Perhaps if you are a Chrome user you might want to check this out.

H/T Crooks And Liars – From TalaterChrome Bugs Allow Sites to Listen to Your Private Conversations

By exploiting bugs in Google Chrome, malicious sites can activate your microphone, and listen in on anything said around your computer, even after you’ve left those sites.

Even while not using your computer – conversations, meetings and phone calls next to your computer may be recorded and compromised. More here.


More - Chrome bug turns PC into spying device
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Meantime Google says it is no problem. Here.
I’m reminded of another quote several years ago from Eric Schmidt - “The company’s policy is to go right up to the creepy line, but not cross it.”

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PatriotUSA said...

They crossed that line long ago.