Saturday, July 5, 2008

Viacom Digging The Nook and Cranny of People From Google

As if being owner of Paramount and MTV isn't enough for Viacom and it's majority stakeholder, Sumner Redstone, Viacom wanted 12 terabytes of logs from Google (who also owns the Youtube video service) given to them. But the logs consists of personal data (user identities, IP addresses and etc..)

So Viacom aims to become a sub-set of Big Brother - exactly as the Orwellian concept of 1984. But the decision by the US Court has drew the ire of those privacy experts and NGOs who feel that this could be exploited and misused by people. Fortunately the ruling stopped short of ordering Google to give a trade secret - source code - to Redstone's company or something.

This is much more dangerous than the common Facebook privacy leaking problem that every user facing. This is about invading privacy of 3 billion people on the planet who use internet to watch videos disregarding whether it's self-made or otherwise. Privacy expert Simon Davis said:

He said: "The chickens have come home to roost for Google.

"Their arrogance and refusal to listen to friendly advice has resulted in the privacy of tens of millions being placed under threat."

Sometimes such things will force more bootlegging than it's intention of getting rid of it. Maybe this is the dark side of the phenomenon called 'capitalism'. I wonder who's executive genius that started the whole thing against Eric Schmidt and co.

Google Must Divulge Youtube Log

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