Don’t be evil…oh wait, no, go ahead


Every time I think I might be able to tolerate Google’s behaviour, they do something like this. I guess they figured that if 2FA is good for authentication, then 2 Factor Opt-out is necessary to really tell them you do not want them tracking location.

Comments (9)

9 responses to “Don’t be evil…oh wait, no, go ahead”

  1. jrswarr

    Given the choice between Android and IOS - boy do I miss Windows Phone.

  2. wright_is

    I read that on El Reg this morning. Makes me kind of glad I don't use any of those services and I already had them deactivated on the web settings.

    Makes me glad I switched to DuckDuckGo for search and I don't use Google maps.

  3. wright_is

    One other thing, when I deleted all my Google activity, earlier this year, there were hundreds of recordings from the Assistant. Interestingly, over 90% of them were just wind noise and footsteps, it seems the assistant triggered regularly, when I was out walking the dog.

    A furth 9.9% were random snippits of conversation.

    I also noticed that my boss sitting in the next room saying "OK, that's fine" or "OK, I'll do that" and similar phrases was enough to cause the Assitant to spring into action. Luckily I had put in a PIN code and given the Assistant no access without the code / fingerprint being entered. But even so, on some days the screen on my phone would light up a dozen times and want to jump to the Assistant, even though nobody had ever said "OK Google".

    That doesn't really give me a lot of faith in the technology.

    • AnOldAmigaUser

      In reply to wright_is:

      If the government was doing this (not that they are not to some extent), people would be up in arms about the invasion of privacy, big-brother, etc....

      But we cannot hand over information to Google fast enough. The problem is, the government, at least in the US, is not so organized that they can take advantage of the data; marketing and advertisers, on the other hand, aggressively know how to use the data to their advantage.

    • Bob Shutts

      In reply to wright_is:

      Holy snooping, Batman! I had no idea Google eavesdropped this much. Your post shocked me more than anything else I've ever read about Google.