Re: Deckardt: Google shaping the world

My reply to Deckardt‘s posting ‘google-shaping-the-world

Google has great potential to use this massive amount of data at their disposal. That’s why it’s important that their company motto is “Don’t do Evil”.
Great care is taken to make sure that the data is only used in ways that are acceptable. Of course this is also in Google’s interest, as no-one would use their services so much if we couldn’t trust our data to the company.
We should all take care to keep some things to ourselves, and not put privacy-sensitive or business data on outside sources if we are not willing to live with the consequences. (That’s why we have a corporate policy against using Gmail etc for ‘work’.)
In the end it’s a balance between convenience and privacy, and each of us will have to make their own decision about how much we use these services.