Saturday, September 24, 2005

Google Wifi

Another way to access user data :(. After
  1. Google Web Accelerator
  2. Google Desktop Search (in some ways)
  3. Google Mail

Its Google Wifi. While as expected earlier during the making of GoogleNet, that google soon will be offering free Wifi to all. While this is still only available at certain hotspots in San Francisco Bay Area as site[1] says. And of course it works with your corporate VPN (as site[1] says).
All data will pass through google servers, hence they know what are you searching or doing on internet. Localising and improving the advertisements and hence increasing their revenues. But I donot understand how its _free_ until they are not _exploiting_ that information or user data is _secure_ from google.
Some other interesting Facts from [2]:
1) A Google engineer developed the service after recognizing that ``secure WiFi was virtually non-existent at most locations,'' the company Web site says.
While, Google is not the first to offer secure WiFi access. Companies such as JiWire and HotSpotVPN do the same.
2) But the company said on its Web site that ``Google is careful not to store any of that information except as noted here.'' Exceptions include ``some information from your Web page requests.''
"We do this to understand how Google Secure Access is being used and to improve our services,'' Google's privacy policy states.

I think this is another way of increasing their revenues via banners and google ads. And people think google is supporting free and open source technology :-s ??

[1] https://wifi.google.com/faq.html
[2] http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/sv/20050922/tc_siliconvalley/_www12702921

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2 Comments:

Blogger Parijat said...

Very true. And it is surprising that we are adopting google tools so recklessly. In the times to come, it is information about people that will count for a lot, and Google is making sure they can lay hands on as much of that information as possible. Orkut may well be a very well thought-out strategy of gathering profile information on individuals... If you think paranoid enough, maybe there's a "Big Brother's Watching You' scenario in the making... we must think...

5:36 AM  
Blogger Nakul said...

thanks dude. I just forgot about the Orkut, the other product of accessing people's personal information.

1:14 AM  

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