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03. Oct 2005

Google - den totale overvågning

 
Google er sej. Google er god. Google gør én i stand til at gøre de mest fantastiske ting ...

Hvis dette er en lidt overdreven ros at give en søgemaskine, så tænk på Google Maps og Google Earth: Kort og sattelitfotos over hele verden er til rådighed for enhver. scholar.google.com tillader dig at søge i alverdens videnskabelige artikler indenfor alle fag. Tænk på, at Google har tilbudt at give alle i San Fransisco gratis adgang til trådløst Internet.

Der er bare det ...

Der er bare det, at Google til stadighed logger alle oplysninger og forsøger at finde ud af så meget om dig som overhovedet muligt, så de kan tolke deres statistikker og målrette deres annoncer så godt som muligt.

Konsekvenser ...? Google Watch forklarer en ret hårrejsende og nærliggende konsekvens af det på andre måder prisværdige "Google Library"-projekt:
1. The University of Michigan library lets Google scan its books so that Google can use them in its search engine. The library is aware that Google logs all search terms, IP addresses, unique cookie IDs, and anything else they can, whenever anyone uses any of its services. The University does not care about this at all. "We are always concerned about protecting our users' privacy and privacy in general, but we have no particular concern with Google or other search engines in a networked world," said James Hilton, University librarian, in June 2005.

2. Suppose that Google scans and indexes some books on the democracy movement in China. There are perhaps at least one or two of these among the seven million books that the University hopes Google will scan.

3. Chinese officials decide that they need to know who in China may be searching for keywords that produce these books. They ask Google for the IP address, cookie ID, search terms, and date and time of all users in China who made searches that led to Google showing snippets or pages to that searcher from these books that Google got from the University library.

4. Like Yahoo, Google decides that complying with this request is a simple matter of complying with the laws of the host country. They have too much invested in China to risk getting thrown out of the country for refusing the request.

5. China identifies the specific computer that made the request, based on the IP address and the cookie ID that they found after checking the machines at the Internet cafe. They have the date and time stamp from Google, and use this to get the name of the searcher from the cafe's owner. All users of machines in the cafe have to present an ID before they log on.

6. China sentences the searcher to jail for ten years for violating some vague law, just like they did in the Yahoo case.

Quiz question: Who shares responsibility in addition to the Chinese officials who enforce repression?
Google har allerede gjort det klart, at man gerne vil ind på det kinesiske marked og vil efterleve de krav om overvågning og indberetning, man måtte få fra de kinesiske myndigheder.

Så rent faktisk kunne vi have brug for nogen, der gør mere eller mindre, hvad Google gør - men som gør det uden at overvåge og angive sine brugere, den dag det skulle være opportunt.

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