Google has quickly become the largest technology company on the planet and one of the most trusted. Google’s programs and software is in constant use, with Google Chrome becoming the most popular web browser in the world. Nearly every computer or cell phone program has a Google ancillary. The company’s swift rise and dominance has been cause for concern among many in the media and those watching the technology market.
However, the sheer practicality of Google’s many programs have led to general inertia. Using Android phones or Google Maps is so ubiquitous that many customers simply don’t think of how much information Google collects. Both active and inactive efforts by the company has allowed it to compile entire search histories, habits, and wider trends in its servers. Whether the information would be used in order to expand their operations or for more nefarious reasons has been debated.
A Trojan Horse?
Most of us know the stories of the Greek wars against Troy. Finally, Troy was defeated when crack troops were concealed in a wooden horse on wheels, that was wheeled into Troy as a battle trophy. The crack troops inside the horse then lowered themselves down at night, overcame the guardians of the gates, and opened the gates of Troy to its enemies.
Google Chrome Can Record Audio Conversations of Yours? Yes – Confirmed
Similarly, it has been found in a recent discovery that Google has inserted technology into their browsers that can literally record customer voice audio without their consent. As a lawyer the first thing I am thinking about is NSA, Snowden, etc. I assume that the government monitors any and all third party private technologies by use of back doors as a tool to get around warrants.
The key thing to note here is the term “enemy.” Troy used a Trojan horse to defeat its enemies. If the government uses a Trojan horse to spy on you, what does that make you to the government? Orwell said:
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
A Short History of the Government Using Private Companies – Big Personalities to Snoop/Avoid Search Warrants
I for one, assume that the U.S. federal government will do special favors or turn the other way for big companies and celebrity figures that play ball, and allow the government to use their advanced technology products and status to snoop and target citizens of differing political views than the ones held by those in power.
When was the last time an anti trust lawsuit was successful as against the likes of Google here in the U.SA.? Do you not think that lobbyists who pay political candidates lots of money, and political candidates running for office or re-election have not worked together to get special deals or exceptions for one another? Who is stamping on who’s face here?
After all, we see the government ignore tax laws when it comes to the likes of men like Al Sharpton who owes millions in back taxes. If these debtors do the government’s bidding, such as engaging in White House organized propaganda campaigns like “hands up don’t shoot,” for example, there is no prosecution or anything at all. (You will recall that Sharpton was also an FBI snitch.) Another example is Warren Buffet who is allegedly in the arrears with the IRS to the tune of billions. No IRS audits for him right? His oil trains are still delivering the oil and the Keystone Pipeline is dead.
You will recall that the CIA, another U.S. government snooping organization, has a long history of forming partnerships with private companies for the purposes of spying outside the U.S., including partnerships with the likes of American hero, Howard Hughes (See also “Project Azorian“.)
None Dare Call It Conspiracy
So no, this is no conspiracy, this is simply government overreach, the same overreach that our founders warned against when they attempted to severely limit the power of centralized government. Some judges and courts have more or less been the willing accomplices of the same government that signs their paychecks and pensions have they not? You decide.
Enter Google Chrome
The change was discovered by users of the Chromium open source browser based on Chrome’s programming. Implications of the program have reached across the media. The UK Guardian reported on Google’s efforts, which have scary implications. The software is now included by default in all of the downloads of Google Chrome and has even been included in the open-source version without disclosure.
So what does this mean for the average web browser? Similar to outrage when it appeared that Microsoft was collecting all data from its Xbox Kinect, there are many implications of the use of the data. Such information could be used for voice activation technology or in order to snoop on all of the habits of Google’s programs.
Such invasions of privacy are against Google’s past promises or making sure that the customer is properly served. Furthermore, it expands on concerns regarding personal privacy such as the NSA snooping scandal. For a public not able to trust its government and many of its large companies, Google should be rising above the fray rather than destroying its relationships with its users.
Whether this is a Trojan Horse or not is really for you to decide. When the government “loses” emails, allows their employees to use private servers for official business, and selectively chooses what laws they will enforce, such as sanctuary cities and immigration, one can clearly see that no one is safe unless they are in bed with a power-broker.
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