Google Inc. (GOOG): Being Ironic With User Privacy?

Pardon us if we seem cynical, but the latest push by Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) to get government intervention out of its business practices seems to be a bit ironic. Google has been involved in many a legal skirmish with government officials around the world over user privacy and the amounts of personal information gathered by the company on its various affiliate web sites.

Yes, we find this pretty rich that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), which makes no secret that it scans the em-mails of Gmail users and compiles a ton of personal information about users, used “Data Privacy Day” to begin its advocacy campaign to fight government entities from accesing personal information of users without a search warrant.

Google Inc (GOOG)This new campaign is based on the Electronic Communications Act of 1986, which many say is outdated and does not protect Internet users nearly enough.  Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) reported in its most recent transparency report that is gets more than 1,4000 requests for user information, e-mails and documents every month – just by U.S. government entities alone. The goal behind the new campaign is to update the law to account for cloud storage, where Google and other companies have started to move their data into the cloud instead of keepin them on serves and hard drives.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is making the stance that cloud storage should be treated the same as the other data-storage methods in the past in that law enforcement should be denied access to the data without a search warrant. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who helped write the Act, tried to install language in a bill in 2012 that would have updated the Act, but that was struck down by the Congress. Leahy said he intends to bring forth some legislation to upgrade electronic privacy.

Just after 2 p.m. ET Monday, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock is down slightly on the day to $749.20 a share.

What do you think? Should government entities be required to provide a search warrant to access electronic databases? Is Google on a noble campaign? Do you smell the irony? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

DISCLOSURE: I won no positions in any stock mentioned.

Please see these related GOOG articles:

Google and Apple Battling for Smartphone Kingdom

The Market Got It Wrong on Google

Google Looking for No Passwords, but May Pay Swiss Taxes?

blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 44 percentage points in 21 months Learn how!

Lists

The Top 10 States With Fastest Internet Speeds

10 Best Places to Visit in USA in August

Top 10 Cities to Visit Before You Die

Top 10 Genetically Modified Food In the US

15 Highest Grossing Movies Opening Weekend

5 Best Poker Books For Beginners

10 Strategies Hedge Funds Use to Make Huge Returns

Top 10 Fast Food Franchises to Buy

10 Best Places to Visit in Canada

Best Summer Jobs for Teachers

10 Youngest Hedge Fund Billionaires

Top 10 One Hit Wonders of the 90s

Fastest Growing Cities In America

Top 10 U.S. Cities for Freelancers

Top 9 Most Popular Free iPhone Apps

Top 10 Least Expensive Private Business Schools in the US

Top 15 Most Expensive Countries in the World – 2014

Top Businesses to Invest In

Top 5 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong With Your Business

Top 5 Strategic Technology Trends in 2014

Top Rags to Riches Stories

Parenting Behavior That Promotes Future Leaders

Top 5 Mistakes Made by Small Businesses

Top 5 Most Common and Potentially Devastating Financial Blunders

Top 5 Highest Paying Jobs for Web Designers

Top 6 Most Respected Professions that Also Pay Well

Top 5 Pitfalls Investors Should Avoid

Top 6 Lawyers and Policy Makers Under 30

Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

Top 7 Locations to Check in on Facebook

Top 5 Mistakes made by Rookie eBay Sellers

Top 7 eBook Publishers in 2013

Top 6 Health Industry Trends in 2014

5 Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Seth Godin

Top 5 Success Tips from Jordan Belfort – the Wolf of Wall Street

Best Master’s in Finance Degree Programs

Top 6 Earning Celebrities Over 50

The most expensive sports to play

Top 7 Earning Celebrities Under 25

Best 7 Online Courses to Take: Free Finance MOOCs

Top 6 Bad Habits that Promote Failure

20 Most Valuable Soccer Teams in the World in 2013

12 Most Expensive Countries for Foreign Students

Top 30 Most Influential Women in the World

Top 20 Most Expensive New Year Eve Shows

Top 5 Best Vocational Careers

Top 10 Jobs for 2014 by Salary Gain (Predictions)

Top 5 Digital Trends for 2014

Top 6 Things You Can Do To Increase Your Productivity

Top 9 Trending Smartphones in 2013

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!