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Google Reader shares private data, ruins Christmas

Felipe Hoffa (141801) writes | more than 6 years ago

Privacy 7

Please update your bookmarks. I moved the whole post to blogger. Seems slashdot has performance problems with its journals.

At least I can see a little irony on using blogspot (another Google property) to post it, but...

Check the article at blogspot.

Please update your bookmarks. I moved the whole post to blogger. Seems slashdot has performance problems with its journals.

At least I can see a little irony on using blogspot (another Google property) to post it, but...

Check the article at blogspot.

http://fhonearth.blogspot.com/2007/12/google-reader-shares-private-data-ruins.html

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Dumb question? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21812176)

What is "Google Reader"? Never heard of it, but I find Google's lack of privacy policy atrocious. http://www.google.com/privacy.html [google.com] Basically, it says they can do whatever they want with your data since you aren't paying them any money. If you use any of their tools or add-ons, then you explicitly agree they can use whatever they find (google desktop anyone?) in any way they want.

I'm a little confused what appropriate confidentiality and security measures means in the google privacy policy. Obviously, appropriate means something completely different to me, than it does to google.

I don't use google for anything and I don't/won't email anyone using gmail due to my privacy concerns. Sadly, so many other sites use google or companies owned by google that it is impossible to prevent them from getting data on you (or me). Heck, many of the competing search engines outside their results to google. ArrrrG!!!

Shared = Public (1)

reynmike (1207806) | more than 6 years ago | (#21818210)

Ummmm.... Shared means Public. There's already a public RSS feed for shared items in Google Reader, so these items were already being shared.

Re:Shared = Public (1)

tashammer (905647) | more than 6 years ago | (#21819206)

Shared most definitely does NOT mean public. Released to the public domain and shareware are not quite the same are they, hmmm? Shared incorporates a vector, that is going in a particular direction and for certain targets. Public means holus bolus, in every direction without a specific target.

Re:Shared = Public (1)

bynary (827120) | more than 6 years ago | (#21822056)

No...I share my house with my wife and children. My house is most definitely not a public venue where any and everyone off the street can come and go as they please. I share my thoughts and feelings with my closest friends; if those thoughts and feelings become public then the trust in a friendship has been compromised and the friendship has been damaged significantly.

I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21819770)

What's the problem here? This is a free service. Don't like what they're doing? Take your business elsewhere. Why waste your own time complaining and "discussing" things, hoping they'll change? Who cares? Just switch to another service provider. End of story.

Try thinking about the real world (1)

TechnicolourSquirrel (1092811) | more than 6 years ago | (#21820144)

Since Google really sets the standard for what is acceptable and unacceptable in webmail, switching to other providers is not a solution, since they are mostly, in my reading experience, worse when it comes to privacy. So what's your magic 'dont get it' solution in this world? (i.e. the real one?) Just grin and bear it?

surprise! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21820462)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'll keep sensitive business information on Google's servers when they keep theirs on mine.

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