The Onion Nails Google on Privacy

The Onion has a spot-on spoof today of Google’s alarming level of clarity about our personal lives: “Google Responds To Privacy Concerns With Unsettlingly Specific Apology.” The article plays on the Goog’s knowledge of its users through search terms, chat, email, street view, and its ability to communicate with them in all the online and mobile locales they frequent: the Google homepage, Chrome browser, YouTube and Android phones. You’ll probably giggle:

“We would like to extend our deepest apologies to each and every one of you,” announced CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking from the company’s Googleplex headquarters. “Clearly there have been some privacy concerns as of late, and judging by some of the search terms we’ve seen, along with the tens of thousands of personal e-mail exchanges and Google Chat conversations we’ve carefully examined, it looks as though it might be a while before we regain your trust.”

It goes on:

“I’d like nothing more than to apologize in person to everyone we’ve let down, but as you can see, many of our users are rarely home at this hour,” said Google cofounder and president Sergey Brin, pointing to several Google Map street-view shots of empty bedroom and living room windows on a projection screen behind him.

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