Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Just so don't forget how Google Inc. thinks

Remembers what the terms of service were for Chrome, before the update:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.

11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.

I bet you didn't know? You didn't think a company would go that far into violation of your private life, did you?
The reality is that most companies do that. The whole boundaries of what promotion means is quite up to them, but the most worrying bit was the "perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive" part.
US legislation is being pushed further and further into lengthening how long a company can hold any information they can gather about you and your activities.
Never forget that : Privacy is beyond gold: it's priceless.
This includes this very blogging service, which is part of Google.

Shamelessly copied from here.

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