Best Google PR Blunders This Year
Google’s success in the technology market is a story not to be told, quite simply because everyone knows about it. Google has grown to become the most used search engine (and website) on the planet and over the last 10 years it’s reach has proliferated throughout the web. Such websites as YouTube and products such as Gmail have become indistinguishable to our daily life on the net; some people worry about this…Oh, and if you are wondering what all the fuss is about check this cheeky video out…it was done a while ago but it still puts the message across.
How about taking a quick look at the fumiest, most unsettling and most stupendous stories related to good old Google this year.
Google is watching you
A debate has been raging for quite some time as to how Google’s increasing dominance on the web will affect us all. After-all we give many terabytes of information to that company each day. Eric Schmidt (Google’s CEO) recently revealed that 35 hours of video is now being uploaded to YouTube every minute; that is just one of the websites in Google extensive empire.
We’ll just tap into your Wi-Fi as we drive past (and nick some data)
Recent PR blunders by Google have not helped it over the last few years. As I am sure many of you already know, the company has been involved in a number of battles with Governments around the world regarding it’s ‘street-view project’. It was argued that Google downloaded private information such as email and passwords as they drove by unsuspecting households.
How about a few nude pics of you?
Of-course the downloading of private data was not the only scandal to hit the blogosphere. How about naked pictures of little kids in their back gardens..or even more ridiculous (and more recent);a naked men inside the boot of his car (caught by a street-view car):
To be fair to Google it is not exactly an invasion of privacy if someone decides to strip tease a Google Street-view Car. Even so, there has been enough uproar in Germany that has stopped Google from publishing it’s street-view pictures willy nilly.
‘Incognito Mode’ isn’t as secure as you thought
Another blunder is the recent discovery that incognito mode in Google Chrome Browser is actually not all that private. Google has touted it’s Chrome Browser as one of the most secure of all but a few days ago, a clever dude somewhere seemed to prove Google wrong. It turns out that by using a certain security loophole, he was able to doanload the email addresses of anyone who visited his site even though they were in Incognito mode. The website would then send you a message like the one below…just to let you know they hacked you!
Share some stories we may have left out
I know this list is not exactly the most exhaustive there is but I felt these were some of the compromising PR moments that Google has had to deal with recently. If you have any more, leave a comment.
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