Google-dbeThere is no doubt in my mind that the original Google ethos, “Don’t Be Evil,” used initially as a motto and then in Google’s Code of Ethics, no longer exists.

It died in October 2015 when Google was restructured into Alphabet, and "Do the right thing" replaced it as the corporate motto. Likewise, Google’s billion-dollar revenue stream comes from collecting and merchandising your personal information and behavior to advertisers, researchers, and governments. Google scans your email, documents, and stored data to either "improve your user experience" or “prevent illegal or objectionable behavior." Google's right to use your data is embedded in their unilateral. take it or leave it, Terms of Service agreement.

We use information to help improve the safety and reliability of our services. This includes detecting, preventing, and responding to fraud, abuse, security risks, and technical issues that could harm Google, our users, or the public.

We use different technologies to process your information for these purposes. We use automated systems that analyze your content to provide you with things like customized search results, personalized ads, or other features tailored to how you use our services. And we analyze your content to help us detect abuse such as spam, malware, and illegal content. We also use algorithms to recognize patterns in data. For example, Google Translate helps people communicate across languages by detecting common language patterns in phrases you ask it to translate. <Source>

Storing your information is not the same as search and involves privacy rights to non-public personal financial and medical information.

Are you willing to let Google secure and manage your identity documents, financial information, and health information, all of which can be accessed by the government or anyone else with a subpoena without your knowledge or permission? Are you willing to expose your data – especially stored value products like Bitcoin – to a third party? Or possibly subject your account to unconstitutional monitoring or even access denial or outright confiscation to satisfy judgments, taxes, or other government fees?

Google introduces new wallet with support for digital IDs and vaccine cards

Google will be integrating digital ID cards and proof of vaccination cards into a new Google Wallet app that's set to be released in a few weeks.
Sameer Samat, Google's Vice President of Product Management, said the tech giant is working with US states and governments around the world to bring digital IDs to Google Wallet and that driver's licenses will be the first type of ID to be digitized in the app.


[OCS: Imagine your vulnerability while getting your credentials and information into a wallet by allowing a third party to scan, upload, process, and then download data into your wallet? How many of these companies have been internally compromised or externally breached?]

Google's embrace of digital IDs and vaccine cards follows Apple introducing the tech last year when it partnered with several US states and the Transport Security Administration (TSA) to digitize driver's licenses and then stuck taxpayers with part of the bill for the rollout.

When it started digitizing driver's licenses, Apple insisted that users could present their ID without needing to unlock, show, or hand over their device. Samat made similar claims at Google I/O ‘22 and said users can share information from driver's licenses that are stored in Google Wallet without having to give the phone to another person by either using near-field communication (NFC) or a quick response (QR code).

[OCS: Surreptitious access to your device to access your information. What keeps hackers from grabbing other data at the same time?]

Digital vaccine cards have also started to be normalized by two of the world's biggest phone manufacturers – Apple and Samsung.

As these powerful tech companies embrace digital IDs and vaccine cards, national governments and influential international organizations are also pushing for greater adoption of this tech. <Source>

[OCS: You can be sure that governments are not pushing digitalization for our convenience or benefit.]

Bottom line…

Are you willing to sacrifice your information security for a bit of convenience? If someone can access your credentials without contact, so can evildoers.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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