Google predicts the end of privacy


[Alec posted](http://twitter.com/courosa/status/20679520356) a link to [an article about a presentation made by Google CEO Eric Schmidt](http://www.thinq.co.uk/2010/8/5/no-anonymity-future-web-says-google-ceo/) at the Technomy conference (the article was a repost based on [the original ReadWriteWeb article](http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_ceo_schmidt_people_arent_ready_for_the_tech.php) on the presentation). It includes gems such as:

>If I look at enough of your messaging and your location, and use artificial intelligence, we can predict where you are going to go.

which ties into my thinking about triangulating disparate bits of gathered information to build comprehensive profiles on anyone.

and this:

>"In a world of asynchronous threats," said Schmidt, "it is too dangerous for there not to be some way to identify you. We need a [verified] name service for people. Governments will demand it."

So Google's pulling the "post-9/11 world" card? unfrackingbelievable.

The only sane response to Google is that they can have my privacy when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Google, the company that makes BILLIONS of dollars by monetizing what it knows about every internet user on the planet, does not get to unilaterally call an end to individual privacy.

I think it's safe to stop repeating the clearly meaningless "[do no evil](http://www.google.com/corporate/tenthings.html) " company motto now.

**update**: it struck me while riding to work this morning: I wonder if there are doors on the stalls in the Google Executive Washroom. Or do they only want to kill privacy that could make them money?

I think there clearly needs to be some form of regulatory oversight put into place before it's too late.


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