September 15, 2007

Google : Privacy :: Fox : Henhouse

ObPunditry: Google calls for web privacy laws.

Search site Google has called on governments and business to agree [to] a basic set of global privacy rules.

In other news, foxes have called on farmers to agree to a basic set of henhouse privacy rules. They propose to standardize on "APEC principles" (Association of Poultry Eating Carnivores).

Anyway, there's no point in me rewriting what others have said better:

Google and new, international privacy rules

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google | on September 15, 2007 08:11 PM (Infothought permalink)
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The road to SEO is paved with good intentions after all.

I love the Ad blocks that come up:
"All About Chickens", "Fox Eyewear Accessories", "Innovative Chicken Coops"-- ha ha!
(ain't nobody here but us chickens!)

On this topic, I noticed a curious story reported in OJR about how a anonymous blogger in Claremont, CA, discovered the pay stub scans buried in the city website, and felt that the necessary thing to do was to repost them on his own. (Slashdotted) The city fought back, filing a takedown with Google, but the blogger counter-reacted with a putback, since it is, after all, California law that municipal salaries are public information. Also, the City Attorney has been giving shifting reasons for the takedown.

Still, on a philosophical realm, I'm looking for the CitJ enthusiasist who shrieked at the apparent Facebook breach of privacy yet simultaneously supports the blogger's actions. Legal, yes. Purposeful?

Posted by: Jon Garfunkel at September 16, 2007 02:07 PM