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Google Caught Playing Dirty End Of Dont Be Evil

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 17 Jan 2012

Google have once again been caught playing dirty by eagle eyed admins. Last week, Mocality, a Kenyan business startup, noticed some off records in their logs and, after investigating, found that Google staff were scraping data. Mocality even seeded false data to ensnare Google and sure enough, Google were caught red handed.

Now Google have been caught red handed yet again, this time by our friends at OpenStreetmap. Clearly, their unofficial Motto, 'Don't Be Evil', has been dropped.

Investigation has revealed that users from Google owned IP addresses in India (the same IP addresses identified by Mocality) have been deleting, editing and otherwise vandalizing OpenStreetMap data including reversing one-way streets in London, New York and other locations.

OpenStreetMap are now analysing their log data but it's left everyone wondering if we're being far too trusting in allowing Google access to so much of our data, emails, contacts and addresses.

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Posted by MaFt on Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:08 pm Reply with quote

That's actually quite sickening...

It makes me genuinely wonder where a lot of their data for their UK maps has come from... We all assumed they mapped it when they did StreetView but now this is out it's seeming less likely...!


Posted by Kremmen on Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:04 pm Reply with quote

One of the reasons I refuse to even give Chrome a go.

I reckon it could be laden with usage 'spyware'. The others may be no better but I just don't trust Google anymore.

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Posted by MaFt on Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:29 pm Reply with quote

I don't trust Google either. And Facebook are just as bad! However, I still use them on a daily basis... :/


Posted by AliOnHols on Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:42 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
I don't trust Google either.......


I've started using www.DuckDuckGo.com instead of Google for my Web searches.Strange name but just a good without invasion of privacy issues.

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Posted by MaFt on Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:03 pm Reply with quote

The web search is only a tiny part of it though... Google Places (used to be Google Local), Google Maps, Google Code, Google+, Google Music, YouTube, Picassa...


Posted by xtraseller on Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:28 pm Reply with quote

They continue to make Microsoft look like angels

Google are scumbags, we all know that their days are numbered because today companies can fall as quickly as they rise, and as soon as everyone wises up to their antics the sooner we start back on the road to a properly paid for internet model

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Posted by carl_w on Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:29 am Reply with quote

Kremmen Wrote:
One of the reasons I refuse to even give Chrome a go
SRWare Iron is based on the Chromium source without any of the spyware.

Posted by PaulB2005 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:38 am Reply with quote

Possible interesting twist at the end ?? The Register

Posted by Darren on Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:42 am Reply with quote

I guess we will have to wait and see what results, two sides to a coin but it's worrying when in-fighting like this in a not-for profit outfit like OSM starts to get public.

Darren Griffin - Editor

Posted by MaFt on Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:01 am Reply with quote

PaulB2005 Wrote:
Possible interesting twist at the end ?? The Register

Yeah, I'd spotted that in the blog post too...!


Posted by Darren on Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:23 am Reply with quote

Via CNet:

Google had this to say about the OpenStreetMap incident
Google Wrote:
The two people who made these changes were contractors acting on their own behalf while on the Google network. They are no longer working on Google projects.

Far from convinced that this was yet another 'one off' by employees/contractors acting on their own.

Darren Griffin - Editor

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