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I don't recall ever enabling this but this is enabled already for me.

(note that not recalling doesn't mean I never enabled it, however it would have had to have been fairly inconspicuously for me to "opt-in")

what about 'don't be evil'; have they silently changed the corporate motto, or is it now an 'opt-in' clause ? ( opt-in for the customers 'request that no evil be done to you', the customers are otherwise known as 'the product' https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/11/surveillance_... )

"Don't be evil if someone explicitly asks you to not be evil."

"Pretend you're not doing evil, but do it anyway".

Google replaced "Don't be evil" with "Do the right thing": https://www.engadget.com/2015/10/02/alphabet-do-the-right-th...

That's not correct. Alphabet has the mantra "Do the right thing", but Google never changed theirs.

It's actually the very first line of their code of conduct.


Do the right thing for customers, or for shareholders?

Like all profit-making businesses, they try to balance the interests of both in the short term to maximise shareholder value in the long run.

A few Hacker News users being opposed to this doesn't make Google evil. A lot of people don't care, and I've met some who think it's a good idea.

Even alot of people not caring doesn't inherently make it the right thing.

True, but nor is the opposite true - that a lot of people caring somehow makes it the wrong thing.

I can choose where to draw the line. I care more about privacy than most of my friends, so I use a browser that helps that while they use Chrome because that's their choice. Google isn't preventing that from happening, so what they're doing isn't unethical, evil or wrong.

so in the beginning Google has declared to have valued such things as customer privacy (the "don't be evil" motto seems to indicate that), my guess is that this was a deliberate strategy in order to gain trust and influence.

Nowadays all that seem to be less of a priority for Google; now what happens with the shareholder value when a large proportion of the customers again start to value their privacy over convenience ?

If that happens, then they will either change or go out of business. But so far, it doesn't seem to be happening (though I wish it would).

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