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Is The Big G Really Hostile Towards Ones Privacy?

By Odesi Desko

Google, considered one of the Internet ruler’s main server-systems, began with a website that was able to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” but government scrutiny and criticism concerning misuse of what’s termed the “intellectual property” of others, censorship policies, violation of personal privacy rights, as well as the actual amount of energy their server consumes, has become a problem.

At present, there is no effective enforcement of the existing Internet laws. At the heart of the matter is the fact that Google censored material which was under copyright. When you do an Internet search on a subject, you expect to have access to the full scope of information available.

However, a Google search will give you entire sections of copyrighted books and other materials that have been lifted directly from the original sources, and which are a violation of copyright laws. A number of lawsuits have been filed against Google in relation to this issue, but court opinion on the matter remains divided.

If one engages in illegal activities laws are in place that can require a main server provider, such as Google, to hand over any and all information they deem necessary. As a result, many sites also use IP tracking which means they can track your exact location. Some of these sites include a system called which can tap into a user at any time desired to find out what they are doing, where they are, and who they are chatting with.

Reports such as the 2007 Consultation Report generated by Privacy International ranked Google as “Hostile to Privacy” which is the lowest rating available. Unfortunately, these sites use personal information which has become known as a “toxic asset.” Although recommendations suggest that information contained in data centers be encrypted, this has yet to be done.

The storage of cookies and url history, which can be retrieved even when computers are “incognito,” has emerged as one of the biggest problems. And it isn’t only personal computers that are vulnerable to this type of tracking, as many people believe; in fact, it’s possible for servers to collect data on more than just the type of information that is being searched, but also who did the searching. Given that it has a 32-year history, Google now has an unprecedented user data log that will grow exponentially through the year 2038 and beyond.

This latter fact has led to connections between the NSA, FBI, CIA, and local authorities. For those who utilize the Internet for illegal activities, it’s easy for authorities to trace contact and obtain IP data for those contacted in order to pull sting operations, which many have heard of happening in recent years. According to Google, however, their tracking of user information is necessary in order to offer the best search features as well as ensure preferences are available when requested.

Anyone working on the Internet today should be aware that everything they do and input is subject to access by various parties. This can include such information as passwords, personal identifying information, and the content of the exchange. Therefore, it is the responsibility of users to ensure that what they input is something they wouldn’t mind the world seeing. After all, privacy ultimately starts with the individual.

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Desko, Odesi "Is The Big G Really Hostile Towards Ones Privacy?." Is The Big G Really Hostile Towards Ones Privacy?. 17 Aug. 2010. 6 Dec 2015 <>.

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Desko, O (2010, August 17). Is The Big G Really Hostile Towards Ones Privacy?. Retrieved December 6, 2015, from

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Desko, Odesi "Is The Big G Really Hostile Towards Ones Privacy?"

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