Google already is Big Brother

Google CEO Eric Schmidt confessed to being Big Brother at the Techonomy conference Wednesday:

“If I look at enough of your messaging and your location, and use artificial intelligence, we can predict where you are going to go,” Schmidt said…

“Show us 14 photos of yourself and we can identify who you are. You think you don’t have 14 photos of yourself on the internet? You’ve got Facebook photos!”

…He said that addressing issues such as identity theft, for instance, required “true transparency and no anonymity”.

“In a world of asynchronous threats,” said Schmidt, “it is too dangerous for there not to be some way to identify you. We need a [verified] name service for people. Governments will demand it.”

Schmidt’s comments come just days after hacker Samy Kamkar demonstrated a technique that used Google’s Street View Wi-fi data to identify an individual’s location remotely down to as little as nine metres.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Google knows us better than J. Edgar Hoover could ever dream of, and Google apparently can’t resist the temptation to exploit its petabytes of data on us.

Posted by James on Friday, August 06, 2010