5 Reasons Google Is The New Evil Empire


Since 1998, Google has grown from a minimalistic search engine to the single biggest Internet force in the world. (And, because of that, arguably one of the most powerful organizations on the planet.) Some of Google’s new features, however, are less like that of a big Internet multinational and more reminiscent of…well, the United States. 


1. Google Keeps Track of You

Not only does Google offer a GPS feature for phones through which Google satellites know your exact location, but they’ve also created “Google Latitude.” Latitude is used to find where a person is through their computer or cell phone signal. So if you’re looking to get off the grid, be sure to ditch your phone along the way.



2. The Google Spy Ring

Okay, it isn’t as intimidating as it sounds but it’s still a bit much. For one, Google Earth and Google Streetview allows anyone in the world to see your house and the area around your house (unless you’re Dick Cheney). Secondly, Google’s bots read through your e-mail. Ever notice how the ads on top of your Gmail account relates to the e-mails in your inbox? That’s because Google scans every piece of mail you get. Feeling weirded-out yet?



3. Google Has Its Own Foreign Policy

As the world’s biggest Internet service, Google has to keep up the demands of all sorts of nations, including China. Google came under fire, and rightly so, for censoring countless websites at the request of the Chinese government in 2006, thus proving that universal information will always be trounced by the almighty dollar.



5. Google “WalMarts” Its Opponents

In the same way that Walmart destroys their competition by offering prices so low, smaller businesses can’t compete, Google muscles out their opponents with their monstrous technical apparatus. You don’t get to the top of the search engine and advertising game without putting some muscle into it, but Google is now big enough to out-muscle lumbering giant, Microsoft.



5. Google Keeps a File on You

This isn’t just your search history, kids. Google keeps track of what you do on the Internet, particularly what ads you click and what websites you go on so as to put the most attractive ads to your likes on the pages you visit. Ever hear of the NSA data mining program? Well, it’s like that, but this is worse because the NSA doesn’t try to sell you anything.


Follow the author, Igor Derysh, on Twitter @igorderysh



    1. arnold says:

      "So if you’re looking to get off the grid, be sure to ditch your phone along the way."

      So I'd like to know what idiot thinks that they can go "off the grid" but still keep their cell phone.

    2. gwebblog says:

      ok Google is bad but I LOVE LOVE LOVE GOOGLE

    3. gwebblog says:

      And enther Think HOW meny Vistor came To most on line site with google.


    4. Pera21 says:

      Wohoo, you folks figured this out just now? Google does have major influence in online behaviour of most of the people with Internet, so that part can be a bit scary if you think it too much :p

      Thank you Google for offering most of your services for free :)



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    5. Baxterslider says:

      How can an organisation like google run without getting involved in some of the said activities? Believe me there are more dangerous and powerfull organisations out there, and in this information age you would be a fool if you thought there wasnt. All things considered I think we are fortunate that they are as open as they are.

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    7. JonT says:

      So Walmart should raise its prices to promote equality?

    8. JonT says:

      And you think M$ is better?

    9. Charlie Lobo says:

      Ok I’m going to go with a few pointers:
      1. This feature comes with your cellphone, Google software doesn’t make an antenna grow magically. Wanna know which cellphone also has GPS included since the beggining? The iPhone.
      2. If you wish to share your GPS position, it’s easy to locate this to a real place. Again this is something you can do with your iPhone. It’s an application you can choose to use, but isn’t there by default.
      3. It’s not so much it’s foreing policy but that Google has issues having to follow the law. It will fight it when it considers it unfair, but it can’t break it, it can only leave the country on the worst case. I think China is better off with a somewhat censored Google that not Google at all (instead one created by the chinese goverment).
      4. (Which you wrote as the first 5) You don’t understand how Walmart works? Walmart creates prices so low it actually starts loosing money. It’s not a smart buisness decision, unless the objective is to force an effective monopoly and use that to recover later on. Google isn’t loosing money by out-muscling it’s competitors. As a matter of fact Google once was out-muscled by Yahoo, if a search algorithm that is way better comes up, it will get used more than Google without a doubt, on the other hand Google is in all it’s right to give the best service it can, even if it’s light-years away from what competition can,
      5. Finally, something that is a problem. Yes google does keep a file on you, and.. wait it reads your mail? Dude: when you log on a random computer and check your mail: the computer reads all your mail! The gmail servers store your mail, instead of storing them on your computer! This isn’t the privacy breach, as long as my mail isn’t read freely, gmail reads it, because it has to read the mail eitherway, so let’s make some ads. Privacy issues is when I log into gmail and google starts logging my search queries to my account (they don’t). Privacy issues when google allows other websites access for ad reasons (like facebook does) or sells this information to other companies.

      I was expecting to hear of the serious controversial issues, such as the Google Books settlement or such. Instead I hear a bunch of random, illogical excuses. Yes now privacy is a dead thing, welcome to the 21st century.

    10. klado says:

      the end

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    12. larry says:

      Could at least some of you English speakers speak English. God where did you people learn to speak? (or not)

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