Since that time, several issues have risen to test the robustness of their motto. Competition between the likes of Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and Microsoft test the lengths that they are willing to go to be on top. Countries have been on both sides of their actions. And individuals debate whether their technological expansions are innovations or invasions of privacy.
Is Google a monopoly? If it is, is that a bad thing? After the 'Too big to fail' banking fiasco, I am quick to say nothing should be too big to fail. That is part of capitalism. However, C-Net recently posted an article explaining the benefits and necessity of some industries consisting of only a few major competitors. Primarily, in industries that have a large initial expense, smaller competitors will not be able to compete. The example was given of aircraft manufacturers, where the primary companies are Airbus and Boeing. Are people going to be benefited by having more companies? That point can always be argued both ways.
Google has been fined several times for gathering data that is deemed as an invasion of privacy. For them to provide the best services they need to gather the best data. To best locate a person, wi-fi locations can be mapped. This gives better local results. To give the best street view experience, they actually have cars that drive around taking pictures everywhere. People complained about their faces, their houses, their license plates. Governments place cameras everywhere, but as soon as Google takes a picture in public everyone is offended. The company satiated the complaints by incorporating technology to automatically blur the offending areas. Seems like cameras should be required to incorporate the same technology. It would be horrible if you took a picture of a friend at the beach and posted a picture of someone else on your favorite social media site because they were in the background of your picture. I go the other way. I want to know when Google would be driving by my house so I could take one of those old timey pictures. Do a search for my house and you would see a picture of my entire extended family standing outside (no one smiles) along with many of the possessions from inside the house. I never know their schedule or how to find that, so it will never happen.
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