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Just read this article: Google Is So 'Arrogant They Do Whatever They Like.

I don't know the guy Mosley per se, but I like him fighting Google.

Saying this:

SPIEGEL: What is privacy worth in times when the NSA is collecting billions of text messages, emails and phone data?

Mosley: The NSA argues that its work protects the public from terrorism. I personally would be prepared to take a slightly higher risk of terrorism if my privacy were respected and my emails were left alone. It's like in road traffic: The danger of accidents decreases when everyone just drives at 30 miles per hour. But that is not want we want. In a democracy, the public should be asked how much security and how much privacy they want for themselves. But that hasn't happened. It is only thanks to Edward Snowden that we know what happened.

SPIEGEL: So you now have to pay for governments' failures with your own money?

Mosley: Yes, to some extent. Governments always act once the damage has been done -- they tend to lag behind developments. Still, you don't necessarily need stricter laws. European governments could, for example, say: If a company doesn't respect European law, then it can't do business here.

makes me giggle with a bit of Schadenfreude for Google.
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  •  Is it bad (0+ / 0-)

    that I can't help singing this diary title in my head to the tune of "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?"

  •  Max has had it in for Google for a long time. (2+ / 0-)
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    mimi, stevemb

    His beef was that anyone could Google the naughty pictures of him and thus he was humiliated and slandered.

    He was secretly photographed engaging in a little S & M with some ladies dressed in quasi-Nazi regalia. He was shackled, they did the whipping and spanking. I've seen the pictures, they are more humorous than titillating by far.

    He sued Google claiming they were in fact slandering him every time a third party went googling for these pictures, and that they had a duty to remove all possible linkages to them wherever those pictures were residing on the net around the world.

    Google won, at first, arguing that the pictures were in the public domain, and they didn't control the websites that contained the pictures, especially if those sites were physically and legally outside the UK. A second UK court ruled that Google had to remove all possible links within the UK, and Google attempted to do that, but with the way the internet works, that just doesn't happen.

    Google just lost yet another case by Mosley, so they are facing heavy fines if they can't somehow block image searches for the pictures.

    Mosley is famous for: 1) being the son of Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930's, and 2) he was head of the FIA, the association for the regulation and control of worldwide motorsports.

    He is no longer head of the FIA, and I tend to think he's been suing Google because he needs the money, not because he's really concerned at all about the NSA or Edward Snowden. He just found a bandwagon he can join and use to hurt Google.

    Basically, he's a sleazeball.

    And yeah, I know tarantulas don't really act like that at all, so no snarking, this is the internet damnit!

    by itzadryheat on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 06:38:17 PM PST

    •  well, it's clear that he is a questionable (1+ / 0-)
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      stevemb

      character ... thanks for the details ... actually they don't interest me much and when people want to be sleazeballs in their private life that's none of my busieness.

      I was just bored at work, read this and thought well whatever this guys motives, which were clearly not political - the Spiegel article made that clear as well - I liked the fact that he started a legal fight.

      I wished people would be capable of doing so for the right motives of course, but I don't think anything along those lines has happened yet. I think that's sad.

      •  I agree, whole heartedly. (0+ / 0-)

        He's no angel, and what kind of kink he's into is 'his' thing as far as I'm concerned - purely private in fact. He and his lawyers knew they could never win in the US with a slander suit, as our laws have a very high threshold compared to UK and German laws. I remember the Brits as a whole thinking he was fairly silly when this first came out, and I think it was that public scorn that he hated the most. He was quite dictatorial in running the FIA, and lots of the industry wanted him out for years.

        I'll admit, although I use der Gügle for many things, that I'm not solidly behind them at all when it comes to the privacy/spying issues we now have. They tend to give in and roll over far too much for my liking, as does most of corporate America.

        Ah well, we could probably both go on for hours at this rate, on this subject.

        It's been nice chatting with you.

        And yeah, I know tarantulas don't really act like that at all, so no snarking, this is the internet damnit!

        by itzadryheat on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:58:33 PM PST

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        •  I guess I could learn a lot from you ... (0+ / 0-)

          but then I have to learn lots of other stuff too. Sorry I didn't see your reply on time. Belated thanks for chatting with me as well.

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