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Is Google recording you without your permission? Google's clandestine voiceprint database...
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-12-19 16:43
Just when I have thought I have heard it all about Google thinking that the normal rules of ethical behavior simply don't apply to Google -- they come up with another of their heralded "innovations without permission" that just leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.
ParisLemon.com has a great post: "Goog-411 is the Ultimate in Ulterior Motives: its really about getting voice samples from you."
Aren't we all familiar with the phone disclosure recording when we call a company that informs us that "this phone call is being recorded for training or quality assurance purposes"?
It only confirms a Google trait that I have driven home before that Google has no adult supervision or internal controls to speak of.
Has anybody at Google thought about the implications of assembling a calndestine national database of Americans' "voiceprints" without their knowledge, permission or an opt out mechanism?
Google's poodle Moveon.org, which it defended in the Senator Collins/Moveon.org Googlegate scandal earlier this fall, has been hugely active and vocal about opposing communications firms wiretapping cooperation with the Nation's national security apparatus.
Is Moveon.org truly principled about its privacy concerns? or is it just an attack poodle for its most generous patron -- Google?