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Google Cannot Be Trusted—Now or Ever

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04.08.2021

In 2000, Google began using “don’t be evil” as its unofficial motto. That pledge, shared internally among employees, rightly acknowledged that any company trusted with vast amounts of personal information ought to maintain the trust and confidence of the people the company claims to serve. Google believed that the public could count on it to do the right thing.

Two decades later, while Google has gained power beyond anything the company’s founders could have imagined, it has long since departed from its original commitment to ethical behavior. Indeed, Google attempts to de-platform conservative voices, it has helped China oppress vulnerable minorities, and the corporate behemoth has had no qualms about misusing user data. Google’s recent failure to protect coronavirus contact tracing information is the latest example in a long line of betrayals.

In early 2020, as the world was coming to terms with the pandemic’s extent, companies like Google and Apple offered to assist with contact-tracing software. Their apps, available on Androids and iPhones, allowed users to determine whether they had come in contact with individuals exposed to COVID-19. Because successful contact tracing requires highly sensitive personal information regarding an individual’s movement, with whom he has been in contact, and whether the user has tested positive for coronavirus, Apple and........

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