Google's Rapidly Expanding Political Activity and Information Collection Systems Present Cause for Concern
"Google is so rapidly expanding both its information-collecting
capabilities and its political clout that it could become too powerful
to be held accountable, a new Public Citizen report finds.
Creep-y: Google Is Quietly Becoming One of the Nation’s Most Powerful
Political Forces While Expanding Its Information-Collection Empire'
looks at the ways Google is accruing power both in terms of the
information it collects about the public and the sway it has over
federal and state governments, as well as civil society.
experts say only the National Security Agency (NSA) rivals Google in
terms of information gathering, and a recent survey showed that
Americans are more concerned about companies like Google than the NSA.
But Public Citizen documents that Google has not always warned the
public before collecting or combining users’ information in new ways –
and some of its collection practices have pushed the boundaries of the
law. This is cause for concern as Google expands into new technological
developments and acquisitions that collect information beyond what
people do on the Internet."
View the Report
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