“77% of Google users don’t know it records personal data”
On the other hand, Google originally promised NOT to track certain personal data from their popular e-mail service, G-Mail, and later went back on their word (yes, their policy states they may do that as well). How will job seekers react if Google becomes an online recruitment powerhouse and then turns the tables on them?
Google’s recent stand against the Government is bringing their tracking of personal information in to greater focus for all of us and recent news suggests that Google’s stand against Big Brother may have more to do with their own Orwellian self interests than the protection of your privacy. Apparently, Google might be a bit embarrassed by all the porn that searchers find on the engine every day. We’re not getting on the ‘beat Google with a stick bus’ just yet, after all, they’re just a business out to make money and we’ve got no problem with that. What I do object to is some of the holier than thou philosophies (do no harm) that they espouse when they act no differently than other businesses.
Is there any movement on people taking note of corporate morals and ethics? Sure. Take a look at the news portal, ethike* that specializes in news on corporate citizenship, ethics and morals from around the world (I’d recommend that you read their About Us page). Perhaps we’re on the cusp of a whole new business world that the currently idealist Gen Y will help turn in to a future pragmatist’s manifesto.
*In the spirit of openness I wanted to mention that ethike contacted me a month ago about some potential business dealings between us. I do not mention them here to promote them for my benefit but because of the relevancy that their site has on the topic of privacy and corporate responsibility that this story is about. Wow, I feel like a big honest windbag now. 🙂