You’ve Been Googled!!

 

Have you ever wondered if pythons like 3-course meals?  Find out here!

Do you know what the 17th word in Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Prize speech was? Find out here!

Has a Deputy Mayor ever been killed by a monkey in New Delhi? Find out here!

I am asking you these questions to inform you about something deeper.  I found these answers on www.Google.com.  I’m pretty sure almost everyone know what Google is.  For you that don’t know I will explain.  For that that do know, please be patient. 

Google is a web based search engine that offers other services like, email, image browser, news, maps, and more.  I enjoy Google a lot because you can find just about anything that you want.  Google also let you use their web services to help you develop your own software.  I have installed the Google Toolbar, I use GMail, I have even installed the Google SDK (software development kit).  This a very useful site for research, if you are a publish company, student, software developer, or some newbie that wants to explore the Internet. 

A buddy asked me one time what a Google was.  I told him that it’s a search engine.  It’s more complex that that. 

The word Google comes from the word googol.  A Googol is the large number 10100, that is, the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeros. The term was coined in 1920 by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta (1911–1981), nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Kasner popularized the concept in his book Mathematics and the Imagination (1940).

1 googol

= 10100

= 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

(Source Wikipedia)

It’s quite brilliant for Google to come up with this.

Now in the past Google has had it’s problems. There has been controversy related to its business practices; there are concerns regarding the privacy of personal information, copyright, censorship, and discontinuation of services.  If you visit WebProNews, they usually keep their readers up to date about Google.

I recently got an email about Google, and it made me want to read their privacy policy.

It states:

Google Privacy Policy Highlights

October 14, 2005

At Google we recognize that privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use Google’s services, as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard information. We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us.

Scope

This notice offers highlights of the full Google Privacy Policy, which describes in detail the privacy practices that apply to Google’s products, services and websites worldwide (collectively, Google’s "services"). You can also get more information about the privacy practices for specific Google services in the navigation bar to the left of this notice.

Personal information and other data we collect

  • Google collects personal information when you register for a Google service or otherwise voluntarily provide such information. We may combine personal information collected from you with information from other Google services or third parties to provide a better user experience, including customizing content for you.
  • Google uses cookies and other technologies to enhance your online experience and to learn about how you use Google services in order to improve the quality of our services.
  • Google’s servers automatically record information when you visit our website or use some of our products, including the URL, IP address, browser type and language, and the date and time of your request.
  • Read more in the full privacy policy.

Uses

  • We may use personal information to provide the services you’ve requested, including services that display customized content and advertising.
  • We may also use personal information for auditing, research and analysis to operate and improve Google technologies and services.
  • We may share aggregated non-personal information with third parties outside of Google.
  • When we use third parties to assist us in processing your personal information, we require that they comply with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • We may also share information with third parties in limited circumstances, including when complying with legal process, preventing fraud or imminent harm, and ensuring the security of our network and services.
  • Google processes personal information on our servers in the United States of America and in other countries. In some cases, we process personal information on a server outside your own country.
  • Read more in the full privacy policy.

Your choices

  • We offer you choices when we ask for personal information, whenever reasonably possible. You can find more information about your choices in the privacy notices or FAQs for specific services.
  • You may decline to provide personal information to us and/or refuse cookies in your browser, although some of our features or services may not function properly as a result.
  • We make good faith efforts to provide you access to your personal information upon request and to let you correct such data if it is inaccurate and delete it, when reasonably possible.
  • Read more in the full privacy policy.

More information

For information about specific Google services, please check the relevant privacy notice in the navigation bar to the left, or check out the Google Help page. Google is a member of the EU/US Safe Harbor Program.

For more information about our privacy practices, go to the full privacy policy. If you have additional questions regarding your privacy and Google, please contact us here. Please note that we will not respond to inquiries not related to Google’s Privacy Policy.

 

First, look at the date: October 14, 2005

That is almost 3 years ago.

2007 Christmas Logo

 

2007 Thanksgiving Logo

 

   2007 Halloween Logo

We know by looking at these three logos that they do update their website.  Why don’t they update their Privacy Policy? I recently contacted them and asked them about an update.  As soon as I hear something from them I will update this information for you.

The next thing I want to point out is:

  • "Google collects personal information when you register for a Google service or otherwise voluntarily provide such information. We may combine personal information collected from you with information from other Google services or third parties to provide a better user experience, including customizing content for you."

    They combine information from other services or THIRD PARTIES.

    I understand combining their information, but how do they get information from third parties?  I asked where they get the third party information. Again, as soon as I hear something from them I will update this information for you.

    The whole reason for sending this to web is the email that I received.

    That email states:

    Map Of Your Home

    I have done this and found myself listed–then I deleted ME!!–recommend you do it for obvious reasons–


    This is for USA phone numbers

    Google has implemented a new feature which enables you to type a telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and you will be given the person’s name and address. 

    If you then hit Map, you will get a map to the person’s house!  It’s a nationwide reverse telephone book.  If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now look it up to find out where he/she lives.   The safety issues are obvious, and alarming.

    Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked.  I tried my number and it came up along with the map-quest and directions straight to our house.  I did fill out the removal form for myself, and encourage all of you to do the same. 

    In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to Google,  http://www.google.com/ Type your phone number in the search bar (I.e. 555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then click on the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours. 

    Please share this information with friends and family.

  • I have a Google account, and nowhere in the signup process does it ask me for my phone number.  I have never given them my phone number.  I will never give them my phone number.  How did they get it?

    I sent them an email about this too.  Here is what it says:

    I created an account with your website to use GMail.  Nowhere in the signup process did you ask me for my phone number.  But if I enter my number into your search box, my name, address, and a map to my house comes up.  I think this is an invasion of privacy and think this feature should be removed.  If you have children you would understand. 
    What if there is a child rapist working with you and he has your phone number.  Then he could use your website to find out were you live.  He could call in to work one day and go wait for your children to come home.  Then what?  You are at work.

     

    I suggest that everyone check your phone number on Google.  If it is there, contact them and tell them what you think.  Then request them to remove it.   Here is a link to Google’s Web Search Help Center.  If the link doesn’t work then copy and paste this address into you web browser:

    http://www.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=privacy

    Always know what your children are doing!

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