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Everyone wants to chime in on Google’s privacy polices including, it seems, graffiti artists. In recent weeks, an unflattering version of th…

Google Surveillance

Everyone wants to chime in on Google’s privacy polices including, it seems, graffiti artists. In recent weeks, an unflattering version of the company logo has appeared in New York, depicting the double vowel in the company’s name as a pair of surveillance cameras.

Here’s a photo of the logo that I snapped upon encountering it on the Pulaski bridge, a span that connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens:

The logo must have been painted in the last few weeks as it was not there earlier this month. The bridge site appears to be something of a hotbed for tech-themed street art. Nearby, someone has scrawled “Stop Sopa” and another artist had painted a Guy Fawkes mask, one of the symbols of hacker collective Anonymous.

The appearance of the surveillance logo comes at a time when the company is facing criticism over changes to its privacy policy. The policy means Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will be able to better combine user data across multiple products — social search, Gmail, YouTube, etc.

The graffiti may be someone’s attempt at a contemporary riff on Paul Simon’s long-ago lyric, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.”

[Correction/Amplification: an earlier version of this story said the privacy changes will require users to access its products through a single account. It should have also stated that users will not be obliged to sign in to use Google products like YouTube and search.]

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