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The Web's Worst Privacy Policy

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the bottom-of-the-barrel dept.

Privacy 107

Sparrowvsrevolution writes "With much of the web upset over about Google's latest privacy policy changes, it's helpful to remember it could be much worse: A search engine called Skipity offers the world's worst privacy policy (undoubtedly tongue-in-cheek), filled with lines like this: 'You may think of using any of our programs or services as the privacy equivalent of living in a webcam fitted glass house under the unblinking eye of Big Brother: you have no privacy with us. If we can use any of your details to legally make a profit, we probably will.' The policy gives the company the right to sell any of your data that it wants to any and all corporate customers, send you limitless spam, track your movements via GPS if possible, watch you through your webcam, and implant a chip in your body that is subject to reinstallation whenever the company chooses."

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107 comments

Well, at least one company is honest then (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38822951)

Every time I use Google, I get this unnerving feeling that Larry Page is petting a cat somewhere and telling a henchman "Soon we will have enough to blackmail EVERYONE...bwah, ha, ha, ha!"

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (5, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#38822981)

They already have enough to blackmail everyone.

bonch is a pro-Apple, Anti-Google shill (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823251)

The people behind the bonch user account use it to manipulate discussions to a more Apple-friendly, anti-Google slant.

They also employ other user accounts in their astroturfing campaign, such as SharkLaser, DCTech, TechGZ, insightin140bytes, InterestingFella and Overly critical guy.

Re:bonch is a pro-Apple, Anti-Google shill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823551)

and keep humping his leg with your false dichotomy of google vs. apple. and/or microsoft.

Re:bonch is a pro-Apple, Anti-Google shill (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38825701)

He's paid by Yahoo! to post that.

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (4, Funny)

tgd (2822) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823283)

They already have enough to blackmail everyone.

They're not already blackmailing everyone?

Crap, I wonder who that I payed that rans^H^H^H^Hdonation to?

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (2)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823639)

That'd explain how they got Senators and Representatives to drop their support of SOPA/PIPA.

You think it was because of direct grass roots actions?

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (5, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 2 years ago | (#38824001)

I can see it now.

Hello, Senator. I'm glad you could meet with me. I wanted to talk to you about an... anomaly we noticed with your gmail account. It seems that all of those racy emails you've been sending to your intern—you know, the 15-year-old son of your biggest donor—somehow made their way into a mail queue that is scheduled for delivery to your wife and her divorce attorney some time tomorrow.

Now I know what you're thinking. How could this happen? We're not really sure. The point is that it has happened. We can make sure those messages never get delivered by deleting the queue, which we'll do, but we need something from you, too. Good. I'm glad we could come to an understanding.

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#38829485)

They already have enough to blackmail everyone.

Unless all of a sudden a scholarly interest in teenage transsexual prostitutes has become an issue, I'm safe.

Organized trolling campaign by GreatBunzinni (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38822987)

GreatBunzinni [slashdot.org] has been posting anonymous accusations [slashdot.org] listing a whole bunch of Slashdot accounts as being part of a marketing campaign for Microsoft, without any evidence. GreatBunzinni has accidentally outed himself [slashdot.org] as this anonymous poster. Half the accounts he attacks don't even post pro-Microsoft rhetoric. The one thing they appear to have in common is that they have been critical of Google in the past. GreatBunzinni has been using multiple accounts to post these "shill" accusations, such as Galestar [slashdot.org] , NicknameOne [slashdot.org] , and flurp [slashdot.org] .

That's not the problem. The problem is that moderators gave him +5 Informative and are now modding down the accused, even for legitimate posts. Metamoderation is supposed to address this by filtering out the bad moderators, but clearly it's not working.

This "shill" crap that has been flying around lately has to stop. It's restricting a variety of viewpoints from participating on the site and creating an echo chamber.

Re:Organized trolling campaign by GreatBunzinni (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823037)

Fuck off with this shit already. It's getting old.

We're not retarded. We'll figure out how we should mod each comment.

Re:Organized trolling campaign by GreatBunzinni (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823173)

You ARE retarded. You blindly downmod people you don't like and intentionally subvert the moderation system.

I've seen AC racist posts modded up as +1 Insightful. The moderation system has become a total joke.

Re:Organized trolling campaign by GreatBunzinni (0)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823343)

Sorry to be the one to break this to you, but it's quite possible that there are two real racists on Slashdot. Maybe more! In the short term a post may have a silly moderation like that, but over the course of a day or two things will usually average out.

Besides - if you're the original AC, you're the one who is creating multiple accounts for the purposes of shilling and up-modding yourself, so you have no right to complain.

Re:Organized trolling campaign by GreatBunzinni (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823131)

http://kimvention2012.com/ [kimvention2012.com]

Because it's closer to being the least bit interesting than your waffle.

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (5, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823005)

Oblig xkcd [xkcd.com] . They just aren't good being evil.

They've always been good at it (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823133)

They've always been good at it. They've just been media darlings for so long that they got away with it. But the tide is turning: look at Google Plus Your Search. It's so controversial that Larry Page threatened critical employees that if they didn't like it, they should be working somewhere else.

Google has become another big corporation never happy with the money it's making. Facebook has replaced email and other aspects of the web, and that threatens Google's advertising dollars, which is over 98% of their revenue source.

Re:They've always been good at it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823261)

Yeah, that first part never actually happened, BTW. It was just a (false) rumor.

Re:They've always been good at it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823307)

Hm, nope, sorry, the frothing at my mouth, the yummy taste of my own bile, and the warm feeling of my blood pressure shooting through the roof disagree with your facts.

Besides, I hate, and as we all know, hate is the only sign of authenticity on teh intarnets. You can't honestly say you like anything unless you're a shill. You know how all those shills like things? Case proven. HATE HATE HATE HATE

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823235)

I don't get it.. What happened in March of '97?

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (2)

chronoglass (1353185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823315)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997 [wikipedia.org]
funding barred for human cloning maybe?

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (1)

chronoglass (1353185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823323)

or of course.. Hale-bopp!

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823647)

I think the XKCD forum concluded it was most likely a reference to the Heaven's Gate cult

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven's_Gate_(religious_group)

I already know which XKCD you're linking to... (1)

DangerOnTheRanger (2373156) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823837)

... Is that a bad thing?

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823097)

No wonder I didn't get that job at Google :-)

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (1)

cvtan (752695) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823725)

That should be "Muahh-ha-ha-ha".

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38825983)

Google allows dogs into the buildings, but *not* cats. I don't think Larry likes cats too much.

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38828223)

They're afraid the cats will be smart enough to sense something evil afoot.

Re:Well, at least one company is honest then (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 2 years ago | (#38826943)

Even worse, I have the feeling that Larry Wall is sitting next to him watching the google logs while wearing the xkcd shirt based on comic 208!

Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38822957)

Infiltrated by Google employees and well-wishers, Slashdot consistently offers justifications for every bad behavior and terrible decision coming from Google. Just look at the previous article in which fanboys banded together to make sure Google was perceived as the good guy and that anyone critical of them was modbombed.

Just to recap, Google is a multibillion dollar advertising megacorporation that was caught by the German government sniffing people's wifi data (they "accidentally" did it for three years before admitting it only when authorities threatened an investigation), forced people to use real names on Google+ and admitted it was an identity service and not a social network, stuffed Google+ results into the search engine without any competing social networks even though they have those networks indexed by the search engine (hello, Microsoft tactics), said that the only people who care about privacy "have something to hide," hacked into Mocality to call its customers, removed H.264 support in Chrome out of "openness" only to turn around ship the closed-source Flash plugin, withheld Android source from the public but shared it with privileged hardware partners so they could have a leg up, abused their Android compatibility program to make things difficult for smartphone makers who chose Bing instead of Google, and on and on and on.

With all this crap they pull that would get them completely trashed if they were Microsoft or any other company, there's one reason and one reason only that they have been propped up as the good guy on Slashdot all these years--Linux. They use Linux. Slashdot is a Linux advocacy site, and so because Google uses Linux, they are good guys and get a pass for everything. That's all it takes to get Slashdot to love you. Just use Linux.

Hypocrites. When Microsoft used their Windows monopoly revenues to fund development of Internet Explorer and release it for free to try to dominate the web market, everyone here cried "antitrust!" But when Google uses its web search monopoly revenues to fund development of Android and release it for free to try to dominate smartphones, everyone defends it. For anyone who was on Slashdot during those times, to see Google doing all the very same things Microsoft did but get a completely different reaction is surreal.

Slashdot is a bubble. You only get pro-Google, pro-Linux news. Major news occurring elsewhere is often days late, if it gets reported at all. The Google+ search results fiasco is huge all over the tech sites right now, but there's nothing about it here, as if it doesn't even exist as a controversy. And did you know iOS surpassed Android in marketshare by the end of 2011 according to three research firms? With how obsessed Slashdot is over marketshare, and how they constantly trumpeted Android's marketshare all the time as a victory last year, you'd think it would be big news. But, no. This is pro-Google territory, pro-Linux territory. Gotta keep the natives happy for more page views.

This will get modded down because trolls have taken over the moderation system and openly subvert it. That's fine. It just proves my point about how Slashdot reacts to anything outside the partyline. This site's news reporting is old, antiquated, and slow, but the news isn't even why people come here anymore. The part of the community still remaining (after its years-long exodus to Reddit, Hacker News, and other sites, which is why traffic has decreased so dramatically on most Slashdot stories today) only comes here to pat themselves on the back for thinking a certain way. "Yeah, Microsoft is still evil! Yeah, Google is still the good guy! Yeah, Apple is still for chumps!" It's the year 2000 forever on Slashdot.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823041)

very true... also slashdot is full of silly socialists that cry because apple uses Chinese labor and not us ... when they wouldn't work a day a week

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823075)

Amen. I'm tired of being modded down for getting angry at Google's increasing shitty behaviour.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823137)

Hey Christopher,

no time to create new account today?

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823187)

Wow there, the story was posted for one minute and you can already replied with that wall of text. And you was referring to something that hadn't happened at that time (your post was the 2nd post!), man, I am tired of this. Or is this a reverse trolling attempt?

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (5, Insightful)

openfrog (897716) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823203)

Infiltrated by Google employees and well-wishers, Slashdot consistently offers justifications for every bad behavior and terrible decision coming from Google.

This will get modded down because trolls have taken over the moderation system and openly subvert it. That's fine. It just proves my point about how Slashdot reacts to anything outside the partyline. This site's news reporting is old, antiquated, and slow...

I was going to mod your trollish, vaguely conspirational, over-the-top comment down indeed, but I will reply instead. You regurgitate all the worn-out memes about the Slashdot community, who is actually anything but of one's mind. Yes, geeks and people who make the effort to think over issues have some stable opinions. This scandalizes you? Tough luck. Yes Google enjoys a favorable opinion here, and why not since their interests and ours coincide in many ways, plus they have shown courage and judgment in their actions (China, SOPA-PIPA). We also happen to know that some well-known PR houses are leading an anti-Google campaign, I understand that the way Steve Ballmer is treated around here may cultivate in him some murderous ideas, which he has actually expressed quite vocally not too long ago, but well, he deserves it.

Google is not above criticism, but you will surely not convince anyone around here that the bogy stories we read from people like you and the language you use can lead to a well thought, well articulated conversation.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823369)

the partyline has been pretty much turning against google lately though, whilst some people think that all anti-google posts are paid, as if they needed to be paid. the reason is pretty simple, not even all google paid employees like what they've been up to lately.

personally I think converging all services into one is the biggest crap with google lately, of course defaulting to showing page previews and all that crap too. I still use their services but that's just the core services. and sure yeah, they finance a lot of cool stuff - problem there is that they kill a lot of cool stuff too: they become the financier for something cool and then bam they close it up( jaiku & etc, google kiss of death).

(something funny recently about how they serve ads though. some of the ads go through googleadservices and some don't, I think they're moving all ads to be served from under google.com in order to fight having the googladservices domain blocked).

as for skippity.. it seems skippity sucks? it just forwards to bing.com? or perhaps they're getting hammered with too many visits and they resorted to that? duckduckgo seems like a better option now.

There's no other way to criticize Google (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823425)

You can't speak any other way about Google here. If you post on a logged-in account and calmly explain what is wrong with Google, you get mobbed by a bunch of people calling you an "anti-Google shill" and claiming you're employed by Microsoft and Apple. For example, your statement that "We also happen to know that some well-known PR houses are leading an anti-Google campaign." What the hell are you talking about? This is more of the usual Slashdot crap where anything critical of Google is part of a conspiracy, even though outside of Google, nearly every tech site is reporting on this stuff.

So, fuck it.

Re:There's no other way to criticize Google (4, Informative)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823643)

How about this one [computerworld.com] .

You are an idiot (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38824339)

And probably a shill for a competitor. I have not seen valid criticism of Google getting down modded. I have only seen shill posts like yours with no substance get modded down to oblivion. The only tech columnists reporting this conspiratorial stuff with no basis in facts are people like MG Siegler or other well known idiots that are paid by Apple or Microsoft.

Re:You are an idiot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38824383)

I have not seen valid criticism of Google getting down modded.

I have. All the time.

Oh, and the rest of your post...can you say "confirmation"? Read his post, then read yours. Do it until you understand. Idiot yourself.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (5, Insightful)

epine (68316) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823543)

Yes, geeks and people who make the effort to think over issues have some stable opinions.

In the case of Google, had some stable opinions. In many ways the USSR brought out the worst in America. Now Facebook is doing the same to Google.

The underlying problem, I think, is that Google's advertising service doesn't have a strong market lock-in. If search shifts to local over night, Google is hosed. Social has more lock-in than search.

Google has done much to admire. I'm still hoping this is just a phase. It's particularly galling to have to put up with all these Google+ changes designed to nobble Facebook, because I never gave a rat's ass about Facebook in the first place. I wish they would pat my cookies down, then denude my pages of all share and plus icons. Now I have two boy prostitutes pawing at me, instead of one. Don't you get it? You're not my thing.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38824013)

You lost me a boy prostitutes. WTF?!

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38828355)

Boy prostitute 1: Facebook Boy prostitute 2: GooglePlus Pawing: seeing Facebook and GooglePlus icons every time you read an online article.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38828297)

Except FB is losing members in NA.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823689)

actually, ALL of you are part of a campaign, deliberate or not, to poison slashdot, which alone is more worth, has created more insight, than google, microsoft, apple, facebook and twitter combined.

this used to be a vestige of cynical people who aren't fucking stupid, now it's endless bickering about some prostitute corporations, as if those didn't have their own PR outlets. cut it out, all of you. anyone who reads any of it, or spends a single mod point on something that is PURE NOISE, is basically a traitor and part of the problem.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38824471)

Google did shit all against SOPA. They should have done much more.

--Big Google Fan.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38826939)

You regurgitate all the worn-out memes about the Slashdot community

The sad thing is he isn't even trying. I mean, even Natalie Portman covered in tobasco ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H hot grits while (wooshing over Ethanol-fueled) would have the decency to post an obligatory xkcd [xkcd.com] .

F-F-F-FIVE MEME COMBO!

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823237)

If you would be praising MS, I'd think you're another DCTech sockpuppet.

But as you're running around as AC in every topic last few hours with 3 posts "Slashdot is modding me down because they're pro-Google!", "Great Bunzini harasses bonch!" and "iOS can has teh marketshare!", I can only conclude you're bonch.

Sup, bonch! Please, contain your butthurt.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (2)

Dhalka226 (559740) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823311)

So why are you here?

Apparently, the reporting is bad. It's slow. it's biased. It's a hive-mind. Antiquated. Outdated. Hypocritical. A bubble. A linux advocacy masquerading as a news site. The moderation system has been openly subverted by trolls and the site itself infiltrated by Google and Google well-wishers. No commenters come here except to reaffirm their opinions with the rest of the hive.

Yet here you are. I don't understand it.

only comes here to pat themselves on the back for thinking a certain way

...ooh. Got it. By the way, that over there is a mirror bud, give it a shot some time.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (4, Insightful)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#38824635)

I don't know about him but as for me....some of us miss the old days? Slashdot USED to be the kind of place where there would be a 300+ posting arguing merits of various file systems, various features of different OSes and even if you didn't agree with a poster dammit you LEARNED because everyone brought their A games and you might even end of with some of the guys who actually wrote the thing involved in the conversation. Once we were having a conversation on various quantum theories and when i spoke up and said i was having trouble grasping a concept someone who was actually working at one of the particle accelerators came on and nicely explained in layman's terms the particular quantum effect they were shooting for and why that would be useful in computing. it was quite nice and very civil.

Now you won 't get two posts in before its crapflodded with "die" "go fuck yourself" "your a shill for (insert company)' frankly 4chan is often more civil than the dick waving fanbois we have around here now breaking the flow and fucking things up. you can't simply surf at a higher level because some of them are making 200+ accounts to get modpoints to modbomb with and often anyone that dares to not suck the koolaid they are guzzling by the gallon becomes an "enemy of freedom/truth/puppies" and will be constantly modbombed. As far as I've been able to pick up the current fanboi raging hard on list is FOSS yay, Apple yay unless its VS FOSS then boo, MSFT boo, Canonical can be yay or boo depending on the day of the week,Oracle used to be yay because they were competing with MSFT until they bought sun so they are now boo, Google yay no matter what, its all just fanboi dick waving which doesn't matter what kind of citations you provide its groupthink or bust.

and THAT is why /. has seen its numbers dropping like a stone, because people are getting sick of the bullshit and bile thanks to the broken mod system encouraging douchebaggery. As soon as i can find a website similar to what /. USED to be i'll be moving on, but its not easy finding tech sites that aren't just commercials in website format. But i can understand his frustration because those of us that remember what this site was like in the late 90s/early 00s can tell you it was NOTHING like this, it was a place geeks of all kinds would go and discuss all matter of gear and tech and learn quite a bit in the process. the only thing I've learned here in the past few years is there is an amazing amount of ways one can combine curse words and insults I previously didn't know about. Oh and to make the fanbois (or those with a perception bubble as I've been told is a more civil way to say that) feel at home let me say "All go to hell except cave 76!" and you can just insert whatever makes you go squee for cave 76 and feel accepted.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (3, Funny)

russotto (537200) | more than 2 years ago | (#38825215)

Slashdot USED to be the kind of place where there would be a 300+ posting arguing merits of various file systems, various features of different OSes and even if you didn't agree with a poster dammit you LEARNED because everyone brought their A games and you might even end of with some of the guys who actually wrote the thing involved in the conversation.

No, Grandpa Simpson, it never was. Perhaps you're thinking of Usenet before the Great Renaming?

Ding Ding! We have ourselves a winner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38828327)

No, Grandpa Simpson, it never was. Perhaps you're thinking of Usenet before the Great Renaming?

Yay for Russotto (537200)

Thanks for proving the rule.

Re:Slashdot isn't upset over Google's changes (1)

desdinova 216 (2000908) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823619)

...and what is your point exactly

iOS now has more marketshare than Android (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38822965)

It's official: iOS now has more marketshare than Android. Reuters reports that Apple completely erased Android's marketshare lead [reuters.com] , confirming earlier reports by both Nielsen [nielsen.com] and NPD [gigaom.com] . Over 150 Android smartphones couldn't outcompete the iPhone 4S. With 37 million iPhones sold last quarter, Apple is the largest smartphone marker, and their profits exceed Google’s entire revenue, $13 billion to $10.6 billion. Finally, with 15 million iPads sold last quarter, the tablet market is now larger than the entire desktop PC market.

The clock is ticking, Fandroids.

Re:iOS now has more marketshare than Android (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823177)

I know, I know, don't feed the trolls, but do you really think people here give a shit how popular their toys are?

I mean seriously, these people love Linux and BSD and for the most part hate Microsoft.

The less popular something is the more they love it.

So my advice is take that little copy/paste script and shove it up your ass, skip that, you might like that too much. Cut a new hole in your abdomen and stick it there instead.

Re:iOS now has more marketshare than Android (1, Insightful)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823667)

I know I bit earlier when this came up, but, can we get some better copy/pasta trolling?

I miss the Golden Girls and on a very strange level, goatse.

Unconscionability (4, Informative)

Literaphile (927079) | more than 2 years ago | (#38822999)

It's obviously a joke, but, that said, courts will not necessarily enforce contracts that are so one-sided as to be entirely unconscionable or ludicrous. I'm pretty sure this fits the definition...

Re:Unconscionability (1)

The Mister Purple (2525152) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823047)

I give them points for honestly. If you don't agree to the terms, don't use the service. And the GPS chip implant surgery only hurts for a few minutes.

Re:Unconscionability (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823085)

I wonder if they're hiring? Certainly they'll treat their employees better than they do their product, um, customers. Right?

Re:Unconscionability (4, Funny)

stoofa (524247) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823179)

Are you seriously telling me this wouldn't stand up in court: http://www.sleepdictionary.com/legal.html [sleepdictionary.com] Damn. That lawyer owes me those two beers back.

Re:Unconscionability (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38825191)

Although Sleep Dictionary is a dynamic and forward looking company that values the growth and the personal progression of like minded young talent, we would advise against anyone attempting to make a career out of pointing at this website and saying "Spleen."

Although we would be the last people to stand in the way of any entrepreneurial spirit, there is no viable business model that can be built around pointing at websites and no known commercial value to naming internal organs at random.

Even if you were to point at an awful lot of websites throughout the day and name dozens of the body's marvellous internal systems, there would still be no chance of turning this into a full time occupation with any logical career path that could earn you a decent wage.

He says what everybody else does. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823243)

If you read every website's privacy, usage, terms of use, and every other linked "agreements" every single one without exception has these vague legalese clauses that basically say what this guy says.

If it were not, you probably would not have a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account:

I deleted my LinkedIn account because they will turn into another FB - only they have a more targeted marketing system.

Want to market shit to just programmers? LinkedIN

Accountants? Lawyers? Project Mangers?

LinkedIN.

This place doesn't give a shit (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823027)

Slashdot became Google's cheerleader long ago. Google can do no wrong here. Their evil is so obvious that competitors are openly satirizing their insane privacy violations with fake privacy policies and "Don't Be Evil" bookmarklets, but Slashdot still won't give a shit because OMG THEY USE OPEN SOURCE!!!1

Que the evilest... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823031)

So when does Apple sue them for IP infringement?

Haw-haw, get it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823107)

Haw-haw, get it, because Apple sues everybody for nothing, right?

This is totally not a rip-off! [imgur.com]

Neither is this! [imgur.com]

Or this! [imgur.com]

Yep, Apple totally has no right to be suing anybody for stealing their design work.

Re:Haw-haw, get it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823211)

Yeah, funnily enough, design patents don't really hold up in court when you can find prior art. Oh wait, you mean you thought Apple had come up with a unique enough design for a design patent? Hahahaha.

Direct Link (5, Informative)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823101)

Here is a direct link to the privacy policy.

http://skipity.com/privacy [skipity.com]

Re:Direct Link (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823305)

It's the Privacy Policy equiv of All Your Base Are Belong To Us.

Now if they had a built in game and it was fun, they'd pwn half the web by now.

Re:Direct Link (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#38826837)

By visiting that link you automatically agree to the (Lack of) Privacy Policy.

You know what? I don't think I'll click that link.

I am shocked (5, Informative)

Scareduck (177470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823105)

that no one has yet mentioned that Skipity is just a front for Bing.

Re:I am shocked (4, Insightful)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823129)

It's more like a second-rate StumbleUpon.

Re:I am shocked (2)

awrowe (1110817) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823213)

You mean, except in the article?

Re:I am shocked (1)

Insightfill (554828) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823939)

[I am shocked]...that no one has yet mentioned that Skipity is just a front for Bing.

You mean, except in the article?

To be fair, nobody around here reads the articles, so I appreciate the grandparent post helping out.

Didya header CHUCK NORRIS is D.E.A.D ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823117)

The slowest MA tdbb is pushing up a daisy or two. First the HONG KONG guy, his illedgible son, and now Chuckie baby. What to do now, slashdotters?

Skipity? Nah! (5, Funny)

reboot246 (623534) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823195)

That's actually the privacy policy of the United States Federal government.

And getting worse every day . . . .

Re:Skipity? Nah! (1)

Xacid (560407) | more than 2 years ago | (#38828471)

Yet there's something appealing about its outright honesty regarding the issue at hand as opposed to the usual distraction of "Think of the children/country/lawyers/artists/puppies/etc"...

Oblig: I for one welcome our new public overlords (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38823263)

This what happens when you vote out the government!

Wouldn't public be the opposite of private?

viewing the word "Skipity" (1)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823321)

(or sensing it via some any other means) Indicates acceptance of the agreement. As does closing this browser or browsing to another page.

"Or as allowed by law" (2)

wurp (51446) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823393)

Most privacy policies are just as bad as the "worst" privacy policy: https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=privacy+%22or+as+allowed+by+law%22 [google.com]

Note that they give a bunch of circumstances in which they will use your private information, but then they add in "or as *allowed* by law" which means they can do absolutely anything with your information that isn't illegal.

Somehow I think people misread it as "or as required by law" which is an altogether different thing.

"It could be worse" & "... not as bad as" (1)

eepok (545733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823491)

Note to humanity, if your judgement is a comparison of "what is" and "the worst of all possible situations", you will allow yourself to be harmed up until the time where you ARE in the worst of all known situations... and it will be too late to act.

No, Google is not the worst of all possible situations, but they have acted sufficiently for us all too be concerned about what they do now, what they can do now, and what they are able and willing to do in the future.

in another news... (1, Funny)

alien9 (890794) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823503)

Slashdot's policy allows its system to thrash anyone's KARMA at will.

Strange behaviour (1)

johnsnails (1715452) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823577)

I just went to skipity.com in an incognito session and in the search box it already had some of my sear queries from google? Is that strange?

Re:Strange behaviour (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38824443)

No, that's the default auto-complete that Google has since disabled. Your browser recognizes the search box as looking enough like Google's that it's auto-suggesting things for you to type.

Good tip, though, because it let me clear out the suggestion list, since Google disabling the built-in autocomplete also prevents you from deleting the autocomplete history.

NEWS for Nerds.. (2)

anomaly256 (1243020) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823599)

NEWS.

This isn't news by any stretch of the meaning.. And a viral marketing campaign posted to the front page yesterday about psychics remote sensing aliens? Jesus Slashdot.. NO news is better than turning yourself into a tabloid. Please stop with the posting of non-events and get back to the real reporting :(

Re:NEWS for Nerds.. (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823765)

it's funny.

laugh.

Because the alternative is crying when you realize that other privacy policies are just as bad with out the veneer of satire.

Also, the psychics and aliens thing was supposed to go on Idle. And it was updated to be on idle. Unknown Lamer even posted in the thread about it.

Re:NEWS for Nerds.. (1)

anomaly256 (1243020) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823913)

I don't think it's as funny as you think it is. I dunno, maybe the quality bar for comedy these days has been lowered a fair bit but I find reading *this* kind of article as tedious and uninspired. Ok, sure, mocking the potential reality we might soon face.. people need that. But then it's not funny then either, it's somber trying to appear funny.

Regarding the alien psychics thing: Accident acknowledged.

Re:NEWS for Nerds.. (1)

anomaly256 (1243020) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823959)

Btw, I would also nominate this article for relocation to Idle like the alien psychics thing.

BBC is that you (0)

physburn (1095481) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823617)

Serious, want to do be within a kilometer of a user computer when the click is on.

Sounds like someone's beta testing... (1)

forkfail (228161) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823719)

... this license. Expect it to go into production sometime next year across the web.

I prefer this disclaimer... ;) (4, Funny)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823805)

"This product is meant for educational purposes only. Any resemblance to real persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required. List each check separately by bank number. Batteries not included. Contents may settle during shipment. Use only as directed. No other warranty expressed or implied. Do not use while operating a motor vehicle or heavy equipment. Postage will be paid by addressee. Subject to CAB approval. This is not an offer to sell securities. Apply only to affected area. May be too intense for some viewers. Do not stamp. Use other side for additional listings. For recreational use only. Do not disturb. All models over 18 years of age. If condition persists, consult your physician. No user-serviceable parts inside. Freshest if eaten before date on carton. Subject to change without notice. Times approximate. Simulated picture. No postage necessary if mailed in the United States. Please remain seated until the ride has come to a complete stop. Breaking seal constitutes acceptance of agreement. For off-road use only. As seen on TV. One size fits all. Many suitcases look alike. Contains a substantial amount of non-tobacco ingredients. Colors may fade. We have sent the forms which seem right for you. Slippery when wet. For office use only. Not affiliated with the American Red Cross. Drop in any mailbox. Edited for television. Keep cool; process promptly. Post office will not deliver without postage. List was current at time of printing. Return to sender, no forwarding order on file, unable to forward. Not responsible for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from any defect, error or failure to perform. At participating locations only. Not the Beatles. Penalty for private use. See label for sequence. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal. Do not write below this line. Falling rock. Lost ticket pays maximum rate. Your canceled check is your receipt. Add toner. Place stamp here. Avoid contact with skin. Sanitized for your protection. Be sure each item is properly endorsed. Sign here without admitting guilt. Slightly higher west of the Mississippi. Employees and their families are not eligible. Beware of dog. Contestants have been briefed on some questions before the show. Limited time offer, call now to ensure prompt delivery. You must be present to win. No passes accepted for this engagement. No purchase necessary. Processed at location stamped in code at top of carton. Shading within a garment may occur. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Keep away from fire or flames. Replace with same type. Approved for veterans. Booths for two or more. Check here if tax deductible. Some equipment shown is optional. Price does not include taxes. No Canadian coins. Not recommended for children. Prerecorded for this time zone. Reproduction strictly prohibited. No solicitors. No alcohol, dogs or horses. No anchovies unless otherwise specified. Restaurant package, not for resale. List at least two alternate dates. First pull up, then pull down. Call toll free number before digging. Driver does not carry cash. Some of the trademarks mentioned in this product appear for identification purposes only. Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear. Record additional transactions on back of previous stub. Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T. Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. No transfers issued until the bus comes to a complete stop. Package sold by weight, not volume. Your mileage may vary. Known as Hellman's east of the Rockies. Beware of greeks bearing gifts. Beware of gifts bearing greeks. This side up. Don't take any wooden nickels. Don't take candy from strangers. Void where prohibited. Caveat Emptor (Buyer beware) Caveat Vendor (Beware of street people). Donde esta el bano. Beware of DOS. Look both ways before crossing the street. All your base are belong to us. Always wear safety belt. Always wear deodorant. Don't forget to breathe. If you park, don't drink...accidents cause people. This supersedes all previous notices.

This modified disclaimer may not be copied without the expressed written consent of whoever I stole it from."

Re:I prefer this disclaimer... ;) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38826433)

I take it then that it is only for education of recreational uses?

implant a chip in your body? even a job can't do (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823873)

implant a chip in your body?
even for a job they can't make you do that I don't thing this will hold up in any court.

Skipity is just ahead of their time (3, Insightful)

locopuyo (1433631) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823933)

Skipity is just ahead of their time. Just wait 10 years in the future and they will all be like this. The Patriot Act, the NDAA, the ever expanding TSA. It is only a matter of time.

You mean- "The Web's BEST Privacy Policy"!!! (2)

alphacharliezero (2469428) | more than 2 years ago | (#38823937)

Really? That is the BEST privacy policy I've ever seen. As proof I offer the fact that I actually read it all the way through, and enjoyed reading it. Neither of those things has ever happened before...

Helpful? (2)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 2 years ago | (#38825733)

With much of the web upset over about Google's latest privacy policy changes, it's helpful to remember it could be much worse

Helpful in what way? In an "sure, our president (for example) is doing something very bad, but it's helpful to remember a worse leader in history: Hitler" sort of way?

Re:Helpful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38827195)

Godwin!

No to Gmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38826969)

I want to stop using Gmail, any better alternatives

Safe Harbor expired (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38827165)

For the Europeans they mention the Safe Harbor program, yet their certification seem to have expired:
  http://safeharbor.export.gov/companyinfo.aspx?id=10543
They should remove that from the policy then. Or just self certify themselves, lol.

Bottom Line It, Anyone? (1)

assertation (1255714) | more than 2 years ago | (#38828063)

What is the bottom line on Google's new consolidated privacy policy? What was private before that is now not private?

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