Google had a security incident earlier this month whereby information they collected to aid in their anti-phishing techniques was revealed on the web site including some personal information. To their credit, they removed the information quickly, but ideally there would be controls in place to prevent this. Not knowing the internal workings at all of Google, it does make me wonder about how they review new business opportunities for privacy risks. I also remember this issue being raised with Microsoft’s anti-phishing tool bar as well and they were grilled in the press for it. To stay vigilant let’s remember to hold everyone to the same standard, whether they’re number one in the market or not. But perhaps these incidents show us that press reaction is not based entirely on the incident itself, but the company’s response.
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