Via Boing Boing I came across this interesting review of a book called Googling Security by Greg Conti. In it, Conti examines all the different ways in which we manage to give Google information about ourselves.
We were discussing in class the other day the concept of privacy, law enforcement and security, and someone used the expression, “I’ve got nothing to hide,” which is an argument often used by apologists for the increased levels of security and surveillance we live under. But as Cory points out in the review, there’s a difference between “secrecy” and “privacy”, and there’s a difference between information you give freely and information you’d normally keep to yourself.
In slow, methodical steps, Conti builds his case: our complacency, Google's capacity for building compelling services, and the inadequacy of our browsers and other tools in alerting us to potential information disclosure have created a situation where Google ends up in possession of an alarming amount of information about us, our beliefs, our movements, our finances, our health, our employment and our social circles.