NPR’s All Tech Considered covers the efforts of a San Francisco-based artist to highlight Google’s growing ubiquity and the amount of information it collects on users every moment of every day. The article and video do not suggest any immediate antitrust concerns, but they are illustrative of a growing sense of concern in the media about Google’s size and business practices.
Here is a quick excerpt
Google is everywhere.
That’s something we take for granted: The behemoth controls our e-mail and our searches; their tracking codes cover a great portion of the usable web.
Jamie Wilkinson, a technologist and artist based in San Francisco, has been trying to bring this issue into public discussion for a while now. Today, he released a plugin for Firefox and Google’s own Chrome that sounds an alarm whenever it finds that your browser is sending any information to Google.
“In effect,” he said, “it’s an exploration of how ubiquitous Google has become.”