Google's Schmidt satirised as privacy pervert
Run for your lives, kids. The ice cream man is coming!
Eric Schmidt has been portrayed as a depraved privacy pervert by the US-based ConsumerWatchdog.org, which is running an advert in New York’s Times Square that mocks the Google boss.
The ads are part of CW’s campaign that calls on Congress to bring in a national “Do Not Track Me” list.
CW, which routinely grumbles about Google, splurged cash on a huge digital billboard to promote the animated vid that ridicules Schmidt’s much-derided attitude toward consumer privacy.
“We’re satirising Schmidt in the most highly-trafficked public square in the nation to make the public aware of how out of touch Schmidt and Google are when it comes to our privacy rights,” said CW president Jamie Court.
“America needs a ‘Do Not Track Me’ list and Google is Exhibit A in the case for it.”
We at Vulture Central presume that such a list, if enacted, won’t be published online and available to search for via, well, Google.
The ad itself portrays an avatar of Schmidt driving an ice cream van while creepily spying on kids.
Cheerily, the not-for-profit group has uploaded the vid onto YouTube. El Reg guesses this means CW wanted to attack the enemy from within its own terror camp. Or something. ®
A minor difference
Phorm were actually intercepting traffic, so it was impossible for BT customers to avoid them. With Google I believe it's just really quite difficult to avoid them. I am ready to stand corrected if I'm wrong though, and even if I'm right I'm aware this is an academic distinction for your average web user anyway.
Oh, I guess another difference would be that Google are offering useful services. It doesn't excuse their dodgy behaviour but it's the reason I still deal with them.
i love it
the only way you combat these people is to expose their personal information.
start gathering the information for as many google employees and execs as can be found and start throwing it all over the net.
that's the only way these people will stop. people like this live in gated communities and wouldn't have to put up with this crap while others can't afford to live like royalty and have to be treated like second class citizens.
said it before and i'll say it again, I see a streetview queer in my neighborhood the thing will be on a flatbed and gone into the sunset before the pimply faced puke can yell mommy.
That's alright then...
"As I understand it, Phorm identified you by your IP address"
Were that the case then I woudln't mind Phorm. My router is only on when I'm using it so I have a different IP address every day.
Or maybe you don't understand it after all, or at least the bit about how IP addresses are normally allocated to home ADSL routers.