[LINK] [PRIVACY] Google Don't Be Evil (Re: Google Secret Privacy Document Leaked)
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Aug 11 15:58:30 EST 2010
At 14:59 +1000 11/8/10, thoughtmaybe.com wrote:
>Google loves to repeatedly state that it's motto, philosophy or
>'guideline' is "Don't Be Evil" in some way or another ...
>Surely it would be fair to say that the Google motto *is* "Don't Be
>Evil" since they repeatedly say so themselves?
Acccording to the Macquarie, a motto is a 'maxim adopted ...'.
Where's the evidence that the corporation has in a meaningful sense adopted it?
You reckon you've seen evidence; but all I see is naive journos
parroting it for them, not Google making commitments to it.
As mentioned, there is a statement on the site about "our informal
corporate motto" - and the effect of the key word 'informal' is to
qualify the statement out of existence.
In any case, even if it were a motto adopted in some meaningful
manner, what assurance would it provide?
In Australia, we're in the realm of misrepresentations under s.52 of
the Trade Practices Act; and there's something similar in the US.
But there's not a hope in hades of any such burble being interpreted
by any court as being a statement that the company has to live up to.
So there's no assurance whatsoever.
Regards ... Roger
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
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