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Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 3:55 p.m. MDT

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The Rock
Federal Way, WA

This is wonderful! That is if you want Google to make a record of every TV program you watch, phone call you make, email you send, online purchase you make, etc.
They have frequently "forgotten" to delete files obtained via their Google Camera Cars by snooping in unsecured wireless networks. Then it was discovered that they did not delete files the courts ordered them to delete.

No price is low enough for me to put up with any company as nosy as Google.

aceroinox
Farmington, UT

You hit the nail on the head, Rock, except most of what you brought up is already happening! Google already tracks nearly everything we do and everywhere we go. An example: you may think that the GPS on your phone is turned off unless you explicitly turn it on. Think again! If you authorized Google Location Services when you activated your phone, or if you use Google Maps, Google is tracking everywhere you go. Ever wondered what they use as the source for their Traffic Conditions display on Google Maps? It is based on how fast your cell phone is moving down the freeway, along with thousands of other cell phone users. Mine is not an Android device, but it still uses Google Location Services. So, they know not just your freeway speed, but which stores you stop at, how long you're inside, how long you stop at the diaper aisle, and (if you're using their Google Wallet to check out) what you bought. They scan every gMail you send or receive, every file you save to My Drive, every call you make or receive using Google Voice, your ongoing net worth as tracked in Google Finance...savvy?

DC
Alexandria, VA

Wow - epic...I think.

I look forward to a giant Google logo at LES.

Shamal
Orlando, FL

Wow, you know who else knows your daily habits? Your neighbor, your bank, grocery store, gas station, Amazon, your employer, phone company, airline, the IRS, toll booths, city government, movie theaters, cable providers... your neighbors..

Your habits on the interwebs were tracked long before google came along.
Shunning google would be pretty ironic for someone who shops at Costco and purchases plane tickets with a credit card.

Do you know how much more convenient and inexpensive your life is because of data centers full of the habits of anonymous people? When the GPS app on my phone calculates travel time, it doesn't guess. It takes into account the average of tens of thousands of people of who traveled every street I will follow at the same time and day of the week that I am about to travel.

One reason Walmart is so cheap is because they know what you are going to buy before you walk into the store. How? Because bazillions of people before you from similar zip codes, who shop at similar times of the day and days of the week and use a similar credit card did the same thing.
Pretty incredible.

AConcernedCitizen
Highland, UT

I am honestly astounded at how gloom and doom people are when great news like this appears. Brighten up, people!

mountain man
Salt Lake City, UT

Eric Schmidt was the CEO of Novell in Provo. Now he s the CEO of google. I wonder if Eric pulled any strings to make this happen?

rogerdpack2
Orem, UT

wow this is great news for iProvo. Basically google will start paying for everybody's internet instead of the (non cash flowing iProvo?). Wow. That is like a huge gift from google. Obviously google will start by losing money on the deal.

Now if we could just get them to do the same thing for utopia instead of the participant cities having to subsidize it (it's non cash flowing as well...)

rogerdpack2
Orem, UT

Uh oh, I just learned that google gets the fiber optic "for free" but Provo will continue to pay 3.3M/year for 12 years. So I guess it's only "half" free. It's like provo is charging its residents taxes, then giving them free "obligatory you have to pay for it" internet basically. (Also @mountain man, Eric Schmidt left being google's CEO in 2011, though I guess he still has some stock in the company).

Esquire
Springville, UT

A system built by taxpayers and turned over to a private enterprise. Who knew Provo, and Rep. Chaffetz, were into socialism?

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