For several months going on a couple years now, people have been claiming that Google has quickly been devolving into a big, nasty, corporate monster capable of being fiendish invaders of privacy and web user rights, a state of being that they were renowned for decrying in other corporations. I wasn't really buying into it.
A couple days ago, I received a notification on my iPhone that Google +, Google's social media foray, had uploaded a photo from my phone automatically to my account. I didn't really think much about it other than to post a Tweet wondering why this happened with this photo and not with others.
Turns out I was wrong... it has been happening with others.
Nearly 70 photos from my phone had been uploaded to my Google + account without my knowledge or consent. The only thing I can figure is that the most recent update of the Google + app on my iPhone had the Instant Upload feature enabled by default.
Right now, the only saving grace is that the photos were not made public. I have to go into my Google + account and opt to share them, something that would've saved me from cursing Google's existence as I awaited a wifi hotspot so I could hammer out this post.
Google, while I thank you for not making these images public, the fact that your app was taking photos from my phone without my permission and automatically uploading them is crossing the line! And everyone already knows your photo permission policy is for shit.
I believed in you and thought people were ridiculous in making you out to be a privacy-hating beast. They were right. You have become everything you said you'd never be. You're making Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook appear to be the White Knights of privacy advocacy.
I've had my Google + account for somewhere north of a year. It was a cool little novelty for a couple months. But I've hardly used it since then. I'd just been awaiting reason to kill it.
I found it.