Apparently Google sells our data [G+]
One of my rare rants on Google+. I was kinda disgusted at the misinformation, so I had to let it out.
On Path & the Address Book Blunder
Me on Google+ talking about the Path address book blunder:
No matter how you put it, it’s wrong to steal a full address book without permission and stick it on your servers. Yes, it’s stealing. That wasn’t a slip-up.
I don’t care how you twist and turn it – it’s unethical. In fact, I find it unethical for any app to go through an address book unrelated to it because none of that information is actually mine. These are people that I’ve added as contacts, not people who told me “have my number, email, and street address so you can send it to multiple apps at your own discretion”. But since we can’t go that far, let’s at least make sure that the user that has to make that discretion can actually make it in the first place.
Hilarious how people like +MG Siegler are defending Path, and then turn around and tell Google that they’re evil because they’re keeping data that people have sent on their products and on top of that are fully disclosing how, when, and where this data is being used.
Yes, MG is an investor of Path and an Apple fan beyond imagination. I don’t even think I need to say more.
EDIT: P.S. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think Path is an evil company or that they did this with any wrong intentions. I just think that it’s not something anyone should sit back and defend. Path is doing a good job of fixing their errors, and Apple should do the same by adding a prompt for sharing address book information.
What do you guys think? If you have any thoughts, feel free to leave them on the G+ post!
Chromebooks: A Few Months Later [G+]
I’ve been using my Samsung Chromebook for a little while and for the past few days I used it exclusively. I wanted to see what it would be like. Here are my findings in Q&A format on Google+. If you have any questions/comments, feel free to ask them in the G+ thread.