Unbelievable. This past week Google street cars were caught spying on neighborhood WiFi networks. Google’s former executive, now in the White House, got reprimanded for his inappropriate emails to the company. The FTC appears to be opening a new investigation into privacy problems at Google.
These are just a few of the reasons we are launching our new site Inside Google. We love Google services, but we are very worried about its power over our online lives and threats to our privacy.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said recently, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” That’s just not right.
Inside Google is an effort to open up Google’s black box and hold the company accountable for how it tracks us online and stores our data without our permission.
You can help us by:
- visiting Inside Google and subscribing to its alerts
- becoming a fan on
- following us on
Facebook (but be careful of your privacy settings, FB users)
Our relentless advocate John M. Simpson is leading the Inside Google team, along with help from other veteran journalists Glenn Simpson and Margot Williams.
The Washington Post recently profiled John’s efforts holding Google accountable for antitrust problems.
Please visit Inside Google, join us on Facebook or Twitter and please share this new and important site with your friends.
Thanks for all you do,
President of Consumer Watchdog