Google: Sees All, Knows All, Sells All
It’s entirely possible that Google’s recent move into home security products through its acquisition of indoor security camera manufacturer Dropcam and outdoor satellite monitor Skybox Imaging is a perfectly innocent attempt to broaden the array of services it provides to consumers. Benefit of the doubt and all that.
In fact, Google would probably say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a company that derives most of its revenues from advertising based on what you do on your computer or inside your home. Or outside it, for that matter.
Because, really, what’s a few glances around your living room between friends? Who wouldn’t trade a little loss of privacy to know that your stuff and your loved ones are protected?
Wait, that couldn’t happen, right? Google wouldn’t use its capability to monitor the activity in your home to sell you its advertisers’ stuff, would it?
Of course not. But it could.
Scene: A phone call in my living room.
Customer service agent: Good afternoon, this is Google’s Dropcam customer support. How may I help you?
Me: Hello. I just installed one of your security cameras in my home, and I’m not sure it’s functioning correctly. I’m on your website, but I can’t find the FAQ.