Economia da Informação

Monopoly Wars (IV) – Google x Cidadãos

Posted in Sem categoria by Flávio Clésio on 25 de abril de 2010

Declan McCullagh do CNET News acompanha o desenrolar na justica entre cidadãos da Pennsylvania contra a Google Inc. por invasão de privacidade em abril de 2008.

Em especial na matéria, está uma declaração dos advogados dos cidadãos em tela:

“[…]This court’s ruling makes our private property a Google Slave; our property is no longer our own: it is forced to work for another, against its will, without compensation, for the profit of another. The federal court should free slavery, not create it.”

Freedom begins with the right to be left alone. The Borings claim their right, as Americans, to be secure in their property, and to enjoy their property without intrusion or fear of intrusion. Google is a profiteer acting at its own risk for its profit. That is the balancing of it.

Google pooh-poohs the claim, and we understand their argument: Google is just like the “police,” or a “lost driver.” But, in point of fact, with such traditional examples, Google wants us to forget exactly the thing that is at issue: the technology. It is the 21st century panoramic 360 degree “rolling” digital camera, with worldwide publishing through Google’s pervasive indexing system, that gives this issue context…

The recording, indexing, ease of access and dissemination of data–some more or less personal–yields its own social concerns that requires this court’s attention. The Borings ask this court to give meaning to the truth: the expectation of seclusion is not absolute, it is relative. It is not secluded or not secluded, it is the expectation of seclusion from something. The Borings had an overt statement of their expectation of privacy: “Private Road No Trespassing.”

Yet, Google kept coming, tires crunching, and kept recording, and at the barrier of the Borings’ home itself, kept recording, and, with nowhere to continue but to drive into the pool, turned around in the driveway, and kept recording. Google was not on a street, Google was not taking pictures from the street, and no street was in view. But, Google published the pictures anyway, worldwide…[…]”

A questão de intromissão na privacidade das pessoas, e pior, obter lucro através da divulgação de informações sobre essas pessoas, é uma questão a ser tratada de forma urgente por todos os setores governamentais na forma em que estamos a ter em um futuro não tão distante uma superempresa que está, a passos de gigante, tomando o controle absoluto seja da Economia Digital e da Economia da Informação, sem que haja qualquer tipo de dispositivo de controle sobre as intenções dessa empresa, o que é perigoso tanto quanto um monopólio no preços dos bens tangíveis, em que a população fica refém de funcionários que sobrepujam o poder de governo e a liberdade individual sob um slogan simpático do “Don’t Be Evil”.

PARA LER:

McCULLAGH, Declan. Appeals court lets Google Street View suit continue. CNET Website. Disponível em <<http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10444755-38.html >> Acessado em 25 Abr 10 às 18h26.

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