Google already owns and data mines my web searching, e-mail, documents, calendar, RSS feeds and more; all for throwing advertising and web functionality my way. Now, they want my brain. Well, not my literal brain but they want to collect information on reading habits of users whilst using Google Books (their massive digital book collection) [via NPR]. While this information can be used for improved technology and database content, it isn’t something we should give up without approval and levels of security:
“They know which books you search for,” says Cindy Cohn, legal director for the foundation [Electronic Frontier Foundation]. “They know which books you browse through; they know how long you spend on each page.”
This is disconcerting, as libraries surrendered their books over to Google for scanning and libraries make privacy a priority and rarely save patron check-out data. We have a right to privacy and the struggle to maintain it becomes more difficult with the Internet. Join the fight here and stay aware. If Google maintains it’s big-brother status, look for me to abandon their services.