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Watch our new Times Square video: Don’t Be Evil?

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Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Watch our new Times Square video: <i>Don’t Be Evil?</i>

    Join us and tell Congress to create a ‘Do Not Track Me’ list. Sign our petition.


    Do you want Google or any other online company looking over your shoulder and tracking your every move online just so it can increase its profits? Consumers have a right to privacy. They should control how their information is gathered and what it is used for.

    This avatar-style animation video was created to draw attention to Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s lack of regard for our online privacy. Consumer Watchdog is promoting the video right now, 36 times per day, on a jumbotron in Times Square — the most highly-trafficked public square in the nation.

    It’s time to create a ‘Do Not Track Me’ list to prevent online companies from gathering our personal information, just as Congress had the Federal Trade Commission create a Do Not Call list to prevent intrusive telemarketers from invading consumers’ privacy.

    For more information, click here.

    For media inquiries, contact Jamie Court (jamie@consumerwatchdog.org) or John M. Simpson (john@consumerwatchdog.org).

    172 Responses to “Watch our new Times Square video: Don’t Be Evil?

    1. Pappu Says:

      This is really stupid, you just put blame on Google, which is irrelevant, AND your using their product; Youtube to upload your video, seriously how stupid can one get

    2. Scott Says:

      I find it humorous that you have a stance on google and claim them to be the evil privacy hunters, meanwhile you have a facebook “Like” button proud and true on the right side of your page, when facebook has already been accused and proven guilty in doing exactly what your cartoon is telling us google is doing.

      So, being that what it is, I see that you’re basically a start up who is putting your efforts in a trending topic in hopes of gaining support and investment from uneducated masses(hence you used a time square billboard for your ad as opposed to simply letting the internet spread it).

      Good luck with your propaganda, I hope you have fun scaring people and make some money doing it.

    3. Headgamer Says:

      I don’t think fear mongering is the way to go, and really that’s all this is. Google is an advertising company, so they collect info to better advertise to us. They aren’t interested in full body scans or if we are looking up sports or playboy except for maybe trying to sell you more sport/playboy. So why do I care again? If I like sports wouldn’t I rather see sports adds instead of adds on stuff I don’t like?

      It’s not like Google has a file with my name on it that Eric Schmidt can look at at any time. But you know what? I know someone who probably dose have a file with my name on it: the government. Forget Google, I want to be on a “Gov. don’t track me” list. Why didn’t you make a commercial about that?

      And since I’m on the subject, what about Facebook? You know, that little sight that EVERYONE is on? I’m sure you know they are collecting info on us too and not just to advertise. I love how a stupid “How Badd RU” quiz on facebook can give away all of MY info to whatever 8 year old or mega company made it. You know what’s ironic? Right now as I wright this I got a FB message from an advertiser/hacker who has stolen my friends account. Why in the world din’t you make an anit-FB add? It’s twenty times as invasive and dangerous to your personal info as Google!

    4. Terry Says:

      Instead of these opt-out lists, which is just another way of tracking people that value their privacy? WHY NOT FORCE THESE COMPANIES TO BE REUIRED TO HAVE AN OPT-IN LIST PRIOR TO COLLECTING ANYTHING ABOUT ANYBODY??? This way the people the people that don’t care will allow it and the people that do, will not. Why isn’t this ever brought up???

      You do not have to be doing something that you are not supposed to be doing, to value privacy. I do not make bombs in my back year, yet I enjoy having a fence around it. I do not sell drugs from my house, yet I enjoy having doors, windows, walls and trees that give me and my family some privacy.

      My neighbor had this guy that lived behind them, that would just stare out his window at them… How nutty is that, my neighbor was not doing anything he should not have been, so why should he care, right? Better yet, to all of you that do not care about your privacy lets just more in some peeping-toms next to you. You do not care about your privacy, so what is the big deal, right?

      It is pathetic that apathy runs so deep in this country. To some extent we have control over what we can and can not do. I do not believe we should give our entire trust to the government to protect us. The best government is a small government.

    5. Shane Says:

      This is a ploy to get people to register with the government…Its a stair step process.

      1 – Government becomes savior. (register w/gov) -current step
      2 – Government standardizes and controls tracking systems. Or passes law that gov must be able to access a private system. (you know so they can keep tabs on the big “evil” giants.)
      3 – Government has power to access your info.

      It happens all throughout history even before electricity.

      The author of this post is a progressive. Again throughout history progressivism always leads to death and murder once they have total control. This is about government getting the power to figure out who and where the enemy is.

    6. Graham Says:

      Put it on YouTube or add an mp4 version please!! Can’t view flash version on my smart phone!! You would double or triple the exposure of this video if u made it more accessible to everyone!!!

    7. Nick Says:

      You do know that Google owns YouTube don’t you?

    8. Cando Says:

      Headgame, you and some people here are so innocent. You said, “It’s not like Google has a file with my name on it” LOL. Man, if you’d only knew. Have you entered your full name ANYWHERE on the net? If so, there is a 1000% chance Google has your head on its wall, next to Barbara Walter’s.

      I think this video needs to get on tv. I think the Vimeo version, which I think is British, is more effective. It would just need to be adapted. Please put this on TV. If you need donations, please ask for them. We need to run this on tv. Google’s investors are not hanging around youtube. They are the ones with the power to put Google in its place.

    9. ferdi Says:

      Nice an entire list of people that have something to hide,LOL

    10. August Says:

      Creepy!

    11. Anon Says:

      You require my mail. Why is this? Also, this is a pathetic attack. The people claiming it has no paedophilia undertones are both stupid and unable to consider how the average person will see this. A man that already knows your favourite flavours. Furthermore, he is tricking the children. At best, it is directly implying he actively stalks children. At worst, it implies he wants to directly molest them.

      It is pathetic to only attack Google and this man.

    12. letme Says:

      Anon, only in your mind, if it is in your mind. Not calling you a pedophile but I don’t blame you for interpreting the video that way. All news reports these days is that, pedos all over snatching kids.

    13. Elijah Lynn Says:

      This organization just lost all credibility. I’m not talking about Google.

    14. Mark Wong Says:

      What the hell was the “full body scan” thing? I think the creators of this video want privacy so badly so they can search for child porn anonymously.

    15. dodo Says:

      Haha that face reminds me of Steve Jobbs…………….

    16. Señor Don Gato Says:

      I am done with Google. I have removed everything I possibly can from Gmail, Docs, Contacts, Picasa, Sites, Checkout, etc., and I’m using their other services as seldom as humanly possible. I view this behemoth of a corporation as a hyper-intrusive, ever expanding (more, more, more acquisitions…), cancerous, multi-headed, drooling, power hungry internet monster with its far-reaching tentacles into EVERYTHING. I truly despise what Google has become.

    17. Tim Says:

      It’s senseless to defend Google. You’re a gullible person if you believe they avoid being evil; and a downright stupid person if you still claim Google is innocent after being introduced to this site. Before saying, “Y’know, I figured that CW would be sensible enough to simply point out Google’s flaws rather then outright attack them,” maybe you should take a look around and notice all the posts between November 2008 and now that do just that. The video has a great amount of truth in it, but it’s obviously just a cartoon and not intended to be taken completely literally.

      One of the stupidest responses to this video I’ve read (http://blogs.forbes.com/kashmirhill/2010/09/03/the-problems-with-consumer-watchdogs-disgraceful-attack-on-google-ceo-eric-schmidt/) is a blog post. Read cdanuloff’s comment that begins with “Since you seem to have trouble with metaphors, here’s what it means. Please point out anything not fact-based: …” and ends “… Saying it’s not happening? Saying it’s not all fact? Saying it’s not an honest summary of the world we’re living in let alone the one emerging more every day? That’s dishonest.” So, for whatever reason you’re blindly supporting Google, stop trying to trick people into ignoring facts in favor of pro-Google propaganda.

    18. Castro Says:

      Your ISP has more info on you than google could ever have.

    19. Tom Says:

      @Tim

      Congratulations for jumping to conclusions! Guess what?! I actually don’t like Google that much either! Did I say I was DEFENDING GOOGLE AT ALL? No. Did I say they evade being evil? No. I was simply saying that CW went TOO FAR.

      For your sake, you’d better watch what you post the next time before calling me stupid or gullible.

    20. shakun Says:

      To Mark Wong who said, “What the hell was the “full body scan” thing? I think the creators of this video want privacy so badly so they can search for child porn anonymously.”

      Very funny I’ll give you that but what you idiots don’t get from that message is the risk to our children too due to Google’s privacy issues. I read naked children have appeared on Google Street View. Anything Google is a cesspool. Pedophiles and that behemoth you love so much are just butt buddies. The video is relevant. Google’s Schmidt I believe referenced kids having to change their names at some point in the future.

    21. D. Niteshade Says:

      If This site is SOOOO into my privacy, then why does Ghostery (a free add-on for Mozilla) detect the following on THIS Site???? So tracking me is OKAY if YOU do it????

      Piwik Analytics
      How they describe themselves:
      Piwik is a downloadable, open source (GPL licensed) web analytics software package. It provides detailed reports on your website and its visitors, including the search engines and keywords they used, the language they speak, which pages they like, the files they download\u2026 and so much more. Piwik aims to be an open source alternative to Google Analytics.

    22. DS Says:

      I do indeed find Google’s data gathering practices worrying and came to your site to watch this video in the hope of being better informed. All I see is low, emotive slander.

      Also, I would have liked to keep my email private — what do you need it for? You want a database of visitors emails?

    23. TheBigMtt Says:

      Hey peeps,

      I’ll tell you a secret… you can delete your cookies! Woooooooow…..

      and now tell you another one: you give much more information to Facebook, including pictures of your holidays and crazy binge drinking parties…

      Look after your privacy…You don’t need the Congress to do it for you!

    24. Joseph Says:

      I am a retired U.S. intelligence agent and I will tell you without any hesitation whatsoever that Google works hand in hand with the National Security Agency. They can open your camera and microphone without your knowledge or consent. Be sure to keep running around the house naked and say lots of nasty things about the government, dummies! How many of you are aware that Google’s H.Q. is in a NASA building? Yes, 99% of you blind fools are totally unaware of how much personal monitoring you are subjected to on a daily basis! Every piece of that info is sorted, stored on digital media, and archived forever! “Free Country”? My butt!

    25. Cyhe Says:

      Jamie, I think you guys need to hire more dogs because the fight is getting tougher. You might be interested in reading Google’s new gem. http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4137008.htm

    26. Moustafa Says:

      This is sad. Instead of a video actually addressing the very real privacy concerns in the internet today, of which Google is nowhere near the biggest offender, we get a video that is almost pure slander directed at only one company! I wonder if there’s someone at the Rose Foundation (who commissioned this video) who’s got some personal issues with Google?…

    27. Carol Says:

      Joseph Says:
      7. September 2010 at 9:40 am ???

      That’s not true Google does not work hand in hand with National Security Agency other wise this http://www.youtube.com/olympic or http://www.youtube.com/mlbglobal would have been known about and probably stopped, it is censorship and Google is using -Media- to do it,as of last count http://www.youtube.com/mlbglobal has over 6500 censored videos on it’s channel, No in the United States can see these video or conversations goin on in them…Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and New Zealand countries they are available to

      http://mlb-news-update.com/mlb-youtube-hope-new-channel-attracts-japanese-advertisers/

      There are more channels and videos like this, Google? and the National Security Agency, I doubt that very much

    28. Carol Says:

      Oh and as for Google and privacy,Gmail? For one, Your ads are fed to you by what you type… http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100910/ap_on_bi_ge/us_facebook_catching_google ???How else do they know the length of time a user spends in Gmail? Cookie and Ads… I say it is no ones business how long anyone stays in an email, but the person using it…

    29. From Spain Says:

      You know these videos are effective, very effective, but they are misunderstood by some. Insidegoogle should concentrate on making videos showing the masses specific examples of how these privacy violations could affect their lives. I believe most people blasting and bashing CW, when they can see how many ways until Sunday Google could can their ass, they will understand and join the fight. Most of these people don’t even know what Google Analytics is. They think that by just not using Google, the steak is done.

      One example is that of divorce lawyers subpoenaing your records on Google to create a negative profile about you in court. NO, you anti-CW morons don’t come back to me with the same ole “ISPs have all that data”. Yes, they do, but not if you use a proxy as a web entry and they delete that data after a period of time. Google stores that data permanently. So your joking comments on any site like, “this dope is da shit man!” when you were 20, could come to haunt you when you are 40 and divorcing.

    30. Jarad Says:

      Are you guys morons or something? Google has an opt-out advertising policy you can see here.

      http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

    31. Bill F Says:

      Demonizing a CEO of a company makes for cute satire, but what is the public policy goal you are seeking?

      Your complaints are generally about how the web works, but your attack is against a single company that has leveraged the web into a profitable business. These behaviors are also followed by any company that manages a web site…a point you’ve clearly ignored to get people to back your legislative efforts.

      I’ve seen no example of private companies seeking to control customers and/or the world by using information against its customers. Doctors, credit card companies and insurance companies, motivated by self-interest, are pretty good at keeping secrets with the current level of legislation.

      Perhaps a better policy direction is to improve education on how the Internet works and what privacy is and isn’t available in the Internet era.

      Spread knowledge, not fear, please. You don’t get my support.

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