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Friday, February 12, 2010 8:22 pm

Epic, not to mention potentially deadly, Google FAIL.

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns! — Lex @ 8:22 pm
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I had paid no attention to Google Buzz when it surfaced except to turn it off. I figured I could look at it later when I had more time, figure out whether it might be useful, etc. But this post horrified me, not least because not all the Gmail account users in my house are adults.

Memo to Google developers in particular and all developers in general: YOU DO NOT CREATE APPS WHOSE DEFAULT IS TO DISCLOSE PRIVATE INFORMATION. You create apps with opt-ins that can be exercised only after the opportunity to read a full, plain-English disclosure of the practical consequences with respect to one’s privacy of opting in. I’m somewhat sure the U.S. Marshals Service tells people in witness protection not to use Facebook, and I’m even more sure that some of those people will do it anyway. But that’s their choice, stupid as it is. This is even worse.

I’m not quite ready to dump my Gmail and other Google tools, but if I’m thinking about it as hard as I am, I’d imagine a number of people have already done it. I look forward with interest to seeing how Google responds to this.


  1. “It’s like taking the worst aspects of Twitter and FaceBook and combining it into some mutant Social Media information firehose which you have no control over.”;wrapper

    Comment by Roch101 — Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:41 am @ 12:41 am

  2. Ayup. And then you apparently have to turn it on again to go in and kill stuff you don’t want.

    “Don’t be evil.” Refraining from criminal stupidity would help, too.

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:46 am @ 12:46 am

  3. So scary.

    BTW, Lex, I can’t load the page linked to in your post. The message says “protected blog, login required.” Just FYI.

    Comment by divageek — Saturday, February 13, 2010 9:27 am @ 9:27 am

  4. That’s a new development. What prompted her post was the fact that her presence was being Buzzed to, among others, an abusive ex-boyfriend, so I’m hardly surprised.

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, February 13, 2010 11:53 am @ 11:53 am

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