Now THAT could be a very serious problem of "Big Brother" really watching us.
For Europe, Ian Paul at PCWorld has the story in Will Europe Upend Google's New Privacy Plan?
As Paul writes:
Can one legally justify this kind of private data consolidation?
Indeed, is it enough to permit users to opt out of logging in to escape it?
What about the interests of the users? Should they not be able to decide on an application basis what information they want to share and with whom or not? We have no doubt, for example, that Facebook will be facing an uphill legal battle in the future because of its pervasive consolidation of user information. It is rather remarkable that Facebook has gotten as far as it has.
It is a classic clash of the interests of online providers of services vs. the individual privacy interests of its users, interests that the law must protect.
There is a limit beyond which privacy invasion is so pervasive that the government will have to step in and so, "this far, and no further". Clearly, we are reaching that limit.
Frankly, we think Google is going to have to backtrack on this decision in order to avoid massive user discontent.