Am I the only person here who looks at this and says...."So what?"
And you're in good company.
Google, along with everybody else who would like you to have no real expectation of privacy, are counting on most people to feel exactly like you do.
The only problem is, people haven't thought through the full implications of what doing something like this means - and what it could be used for in the future. And once you give up legal or moral rights you formerly held, there is exactly ZERO chance of ever getting them back - no matter what yo may be told or think.
So if your feeling is "so what," about all I can say is: That will only be true until the day somebody decides to use it against you.
And don't think it can't happen. Take a look at whistle-blower laws. They provide legal prohibitions against retaliation taken by government or employers against an employee for revealing abuses of power or other criminal acts.
Problem is - it isn't enforced worth a damn any more.
And people don't really seem to care.
So guess what happens any time some employee goes to the government with information about their company or agency that leads to criminal prosecution and conviction?
The employee almost always gets fired, demoted, transferred, or harassed out of a job. And often gets openly blacklisted by their former employer as much as is practically possible. And sometimes gets a civil suit or other bogus legal action filed against them. On rare occasions, some have even been found dead under circumstances that merit a much more thorough investigation - or sometimes even just
an investigation - than most receive. Truly amazing the number of suicides and single -person/no-witness driving off deserted road accidents experienced by high profile whistle-blowers. Especially government whistle-blowers.
Either way, retaliation is the name of the game.
Anybody seem to feel the need to do anything about it?
Because people seem to go along with the usual spin that gets put on whistle-blowing by those who got caught, which is: "These people should have gone to their managers (note: many tried that unsuccessfully btw) and got matters resolved internally. Anybody who tells tales out of school is nothing but a traitor to their employer and coworkers."
Such is the danger of saying *meh*