Google Patent on Ambient Audio Surveillance

About a year ago Google posted interesting research on technology enabling your computer to listen to the ambient sounds emitted from your TV, automatically determine what is being watched (recognizing the theme song to "Seinfeld" or the sounds of a…

Google’s Chief Privacy Counsel: “Don’t trust fat businessmen”

I'm paraphrasing from this odd letter Peter Fleischer sent to the Financial Times in response to a fashion article about men's suits & ties. The key passage: Men should lose their "business attire" and wear T-shirts to work. Wouldn't you…

Google’s Cookie to have 2 Year Expiration (Because it is of little value after that time)

Google announced today they are changing the expiration date of their cookie from 2038 (the latest possible date) to a rolling 2 year period. Once put into action, users who visit Google today, for example, will receive a cookie that…

More of Peter Fleischer Misleading on Google Data Retention

Google's Peter Fleischer is (again) trying to provide justifications for Google's retention of users' search activities. He (again) is misleading. I don't have a lot of free time right now for an in-depth response, (my analysis is here) which is…

With SmartAds, Yahoo Finally Joins Google…as a Threat to Privacy

In my dissertation I outline the quest for the “perfect search engine” – a search engine capable of indexing all available information and providing fast and relevant results. The perfect search engine will have to have “perfect reach” to deliver…

Google: “Why we’re buying DoubleClick” (sans “privacy”)

Google has posted a lengthy explanation as to why they're buying Double Click. Feel free to read it, but here's my thumbnail analysis: Total word count = 2,279 Number of times "consumer" appears = 8 Number of times "money" or…