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Google Paid More In EU Fines Than Taxes Last Year; Whines About New Privacy Laws
One of today's more amusing news items revealed Google paid more in European fines than in taxes on their corporate profits, according to the firm's fourth-quarter earnings report.
Holding company Alphabet of which Google is a subsidiary, reported Q4 revenues for the search engine operator of 39.28 billion, up 22%, while revenues for the year were up 23% to $136.8 billion. Taxes in Q4 were $4.2 billion.
A record €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine imposed by the European Union competition commisioner on the tech giant for allegedly anti-competitive practices related to Google's Android operating system, took their total fines from various malpractice cases for the year higher than the income taxes of $4.2 billion paid, according to Computing magazine
The company also separated out "European Commission fines" in its consolidated statements of income in the company's accounts which suggests it feels the fines for breaking EU fair trade law are unjust. These increased from $2.7bn in 2017 to $5.1bn in 2018, with a further €50m already set to be added to the bill for its first quarter and 2019 accounts, due to a penalty imposed by the French data protection authority CNIL.
That compares to a provision for income taxes of just $4.2 billion for 2018, or 12 per cent of its pre-tax income.Computing Net income in 2018 rose by 143% from $12.67 billion to $30.74 billion thanks to the US Tax Act of 2017, which depressed net income that year, which had "resulted in additional tax expense of $9.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to the one-time transition tax on accumulated foreign subsidiary earnings and deferred tax effects," according to the earnings release.
From Google's actions it is clear Alphabet continues to behave as if it is above the law and we can only hope President Trump manages to realise his campaign promise to break up monopolisitic internet giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon the actions of which have wreaked far more harm on society than any benefit they claim to have delivered..
Google is the enemy and must be destroyed, or freedom dies forever
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It’s the Artificial Intelligence that manipulates people through a billion tablet computers, mobile phones, email accounts, and search engine of choice, and the mangers claim their goal is to enhance our lives by knowing us btter than we know ourselves, and nudging us with constant suggestions and warning to make better, wiser decisions than we could ever make for ourselves. "Don't be evil," the corporate motto read in the early days, although that has now been dropped because it became something of an embarrassment when people worked out it was incomplete, the full version read, "Don't be evil, that's our job."
The Google empire is anything but a force for good, As we have reported the corporation enjoys an unhealthily cosy relationship with governments and security agencies, with only the European Union, China and Russia having proved capable of standing up to it and Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show warns if it isn't broken up soon then we can all kiss our collective future goodbye. Google plans to track every move we make through our devices, governments want to control everything we do. Naturally the two are happy to collaborate for the purpose of advancing thir agendas.
The way Google gains influence with government is through its increasingly creepy and intrusive surveillance and data gathering and analysis technologies, which are now being included in devices that are nothing to do with the internet. Soon, if Google gets its way, everyone on the planet will be monitored, tracked, and controlled by Google algorithms overseen by a technocratic elite who plan to censor all internet content and suppress all dissent throughput the liberal democracies of the developed world. Anyone who dares to challenge the establishment narrative will be identified and targeted.
Right now, more than 98 percent of mainstream media outlets the world over are controlled by just six corporations. And all of these corporations, says Hodges, are Cultural Marxists who hate the working classes, and despise everything for which, after 5000 years of civilisation, our nations have evolved to value.
Even Fox News, which presents itself as media for conservatives, is merely controlled opposition that’s funneling its viewers right into the same slaughterhouse as all of the other news outlets. Sadly, this leaves about two percent of the media, several outlets of which are now banned by Google, to tell people the truth.
“At the forefront of the propaganda that keeps America paralyzed is Google,” Hodges explains about the source of the problem. “Google has moved past Monsanto (a.k.a. Monsatan) as the most evil corporation in the world.”
Back in the summer, it was announced that Google was developing a “special” search engine for communist China that allows for only state-sanctioned “news” to show up in the results. Pretty much par for the course where the regime in China is concerned yo might think. But what mainstream media are not reporting is that Google has similar plans for the U.S.A, the European Union, Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan and anywhere else with a reasonable level of prosperity.MORE ON CENSORSHIP
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EU Consumer Groups Accuse Google Of Breaking Privacy Laws by Covertly Tracking Users
It seems we at The Daily Stirrer have been on Google's case forever over their dishonesty, cavalier attitude to users right to privacy, their role as self - appointed censor of all internet content that does not conform to the politically correct pensée unique of Silicon Valley, and apparent belief that along with other internet tech corporations they are above the law. Well as long as Google keep up their world domination corportate policy, we will report their malfeasance.
European Union consumer groups from many member states have are trying to bring charges of further breaches of EU consumer protection laws against tech giant Google. The plaintiffs claim Google is covertly tracking user’s movements in ways not made clear in the terms of service.
Seven different consumer groups in EU member states have filed complaints against Google with national regulators this week in the Czech Republic, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden. The complaints all claim that the search and advertising firm is in violation of GDPR privacy laws because it tracks users movements. The complaints cite a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council which is claimed to prove that Google used “deceptive design and misleading information, which results in users accepting to be constantly tracked,” Phys.org reports.
Gro Mette Moen of the Norwegian Consumer Council said that “Google uses extremely detailed and comprehensive personal data without an appropriate judicial basis, and the data is acquired by means of manipulative techniques.” The consumer groups allege that Google is using technology that tracks users movements via their Location History and App Activity monitoring applications, all of which are linked to every users' Google account.
The Norwegian study noted: “For users of mobile phones with Android (operating systems), such as Samsung and Huawei phones, this tracking is particularly difficult to avoid. Due to the wide use of the Google Android mobile operating system across Europe, with almost 70 percent of mobile phones in Europe running on the system, Google can use location tracking to gain a large amount of information on users."
“Constant location tracking and analysis of location data over time may be used to create a very detailed profile of an individual's work and social movements and to infer religious beliefs, political leanings, and sexual orientation, among other things,” the Norwegian council concluded.
Monique Goyens, director general of The European Consumer Organisation, commented: “Google’s data hunger is notorious but the scale with which it deceives its users to track and monetise their every move is breathtaking. The situation is more than alarming. Smartphones are being used for spying on our every move.”
Now the people who have called me a dinosaur because I refuse to have a smartphone might understand my attitude. I had a long career in Information Tevhnology and so I understand what they do and how. I also understand that it is more difficult for Android users to avoid Google tracking that for a Linux or Windows user on a PC.
As one would anticipate, Google responded to these claims by denying culpability: “Location History is turned off by default, and you can edit, delete, or pause it at any time. If it’s on, it helps improve services like predicted traffic on your commute. If you pause it, we make clear that—depending on your individual phone and app settings—we might still collect and use location data to improve your Google experience.”
Unfortunately it is widely known, and very easy to demonstrate that Google location tracking is not exactly 'off' when the Localtion History setting shows 'off.' Google have been caught in similar lies and deceptions many times in their twenty year life, in fact it is probably fair to say the Search Engine's owners have been involved in more scandals per annum than any other company in the western world. but like so many other Silicon Valley upstarts, the senior management seem to think technology companies are above the law.
Google was recently fined 2.42 billion euro (2.72 billion U.S. dollars) by E.U. officials for breaching net neutrality rules with the company’s online shopping service by promoting searcg results for their own shopping sites above those of competitors. The ruling stated that Google was exploiting its market dominance in online searches, if it is found that Google has once again breached EU privacy laws the company could face more harsh fines and may even face being broken up into separate companies in the EU. President Trump has made a similar threat to the US operation though whether he is capable of making it happen is a different story.SJWs infiltrate Google, highlight corporate hypocrisy" Have Mainstream Media Seen Through Facebook And Google At Last
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How Google Tried And Failed To Fix 2016 US Election For Hillary Clinton
Over the past two years, since Donald Trump unexpectedly defeated Hillary Clinton to become President Of The United States we have suffered an almost daily barrage of fake news from liberal and left leaning news sources about how the Russians, in collaboration with the Trump campaign, hacked servers, used bots to flood Facebook with pro Trump propaganda and swung the election for Trump.
These players have of course produced no evidence to back up their lurid allegations. There is plenty of evidence however, that Silicon Valley teach giants abused their dominance of digital media to disseminate pro - Clinton propaganda, in violation of US electoral law.
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Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for ‘Safety And Civility’
An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the “American tradition” of free speech on the internet is no longer viable.
Despite leaked video footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a “blip” in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products.
But the 85-page briefing, titled “The Good Censor,” admits that Google and other tech platforms now “control the majority of online conversations” and have undertaken a “shift towards censorship” in response to unwelcome political events around the world.
Examples cited in the document include the 2016 election and the rise of Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) in Germany. Continue reading >>>
Tech Companies Should ‘Police Tone’, Give Users ‘Positive Guidelines’
A 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor,” exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google, advises tech companies to “police tone rather than content” and to not “take sides” when censoring users.
The document, which can be read in full here, acknowledges that tech platforms including Google have shifted towards censorship in recent years, moving away from their original commitment to the American tradition of free speech.
Responding to the leak, an official Google source said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.
It does not recommend a return to those early principles, instead leaving the question open and suggesting Google may “shift with the times,” recommending increased transparency to smooth the process from free speech to censorship. The recommendations appear on pages 81-84 of the briefing.
“Google might continue to shift with the times – changing its stance on how much or how little it censors (due to public, governmental or commercial pressures). If it does, acknowledgment of what this shift in position means for users and for Google is essential. Shifting blindly or silently in one direction or another rightly incites users’ fury.”
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The briefing was the product of extensive research on the part of Google. This included expert interviews with MIT Tech Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin, Atlantic staff writer and tech critic Franklin Foer, and academic Kalev Leetaru. 35 cultural observers and 7 cultural leaders from seven countries on five continents were consulted to produce it. It can be read in full here.
Responding to the leak, Google said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.
The briefing admits that tech platforms including Google, Facebook, and Twitter underwent a “shift towards censorship” over the past few years.
On page 14, the briefing acknowledges that free speech was initially part of the “DNA” of these platforms, which used to prioritize the creation of “unmediated marketplaces of ideas.” Continue reading >>>
Google Briefing Accused Trump of Spreading ‘Conspiracy Theory’
An internal briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News portrays President Trump as a conspiracy theorist.
The briefing, titled “The Good Censor,” argues that Google and other tech platforms must abandon their commitment to the “American tradition” of free speech if they wish to continue global expansion and appease advertisers. It can be read in full below.
A Google spokeswoman said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.
According to the briefing itself, it was the product of an extensive process involving “several layers of research,” including expert interviews with MIT Tech Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin, Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer, and academic Kalev Leetaru. 35 cultural observers and 7 cultural leaders from seven countries on five continents were also consulted to produce it.
One of the reasons the document cites for alleged public disillusionment with free speech on the web (“users are asking if the openness of the internet should be celebrated after all,” claims the briefing) is the fact that it allows “conspiracy theories” to spread.
The example Google uses to highlight “conspiracy theories” on social media is a 2016 tweet from then-candidate Donald Trump, alleging that Google search suppressed negative results about Hillary Clinton. The example appears on page 49 of the briefing. Continue reading >>>
Google Employees Rebel Against Company's Links With Pentagon, CIA
In an amazing show of dissent at the company's increasingly close links with the US government and security agencies thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter asking the troubled search giant to drop its involvement with a development project for the US military.
Project Maven involves using artificial intelligence to improve the precision of military drone strikes. This suggests that in spite of President Trump's current efforts to scale down US involvement in overseas conflicts, the military / industrial complex has plans to escalate the campaign of regime change against nations that do not comply with US governments interests.
Employees fear Google's involvement will "irreparably damage" its brand, which is rather naive as the brand is already associated with corporate fascism and abuse of users privacy.
"We believe that Google should not be in the business of war," says the letter, which is addressed to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai.
"Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicise and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology."
The letter, signed by 3,100 employees including "dozens of senior engineers" (well who didn't know silicon valley was full of snowflakes,) says that staff have already raised concerns with senior management internally. Google has more than 88,000 employees worldwide according to a report in The New York Times.
In response to concerns raised, the head of Google's cloud business, Diane Greene, assured employees that the technology would not be used to launch weapons, nor would it be used to operate or fly drones. Those weasel words typically sum up Google's corporate attitude to ethics since the company launched. "Don't be evil" their slogan said though we at the Daily Stirrer have always suggested that was only half the real slogan which was Don't be evil, that's our job, because Google's founders always planned to take over the world.
The employees who supported this protest feel that the internet giant is putting users' trust (what trust?) at risk, as well ignoring its "moral and ethical responsibility".
"We cannot outsource the moral responsibility of our technologies to third parties," the letter says.
"Google's stated values make this clear: every one of our users is trusting us. Never jeopardise that. Ever.
"Building this technology to assist the US government in military surveillance - and potentially lethal outcomes - is not acceptable."
Good luck to the protestors, we hear there are still plenty of firms in Silicon Valley that are in recruiting mode.
Google Patents Reveal Plan For Total Big Brother Home Surveillance
Recently filed patents reveal Google's latest anti - social plans to spy on children and families in the home and then issue verbal instructions via its tricksy little boxes on how they can improve their behavior. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson (video below) discovered a patent application from September 2016 patent in which Google proposes that its digital assistants would be able "take control of your parenting, your relationship with your children".
In one example, Google suggests its technology will be able to track if children are attempting to 'interact' with their parent’s liquor cabinet and infer if “mischief” is taking place, before issuing a verbal warning to the child through the system’s speaker. We would comment that bringing up children requires tolerance, humour and humanity. People who talk of children 'interacting' with the drinks cabinet are not likely to possess any of these qualities.
In another example cited in the application, a hypothetical child called Benjamin is under 24/7 surveillance by Google’s cameras, whether he is using electronics or playing outside. The system would aim to “coach” families on “areas of improvement,” and scold them if they are not spending enough time eating together.
Google responded to the Fox News story by issuing a pithy statement that read, "We file patent applications of a variety of ideas that our employees come up with. Some of those ideas later mature into products or services, some don’t."
Google envisages sending the user personalized advertising based on what a camera observes. The Daily Stirrer has reported on the plans of tech companies to launch increasingly intrusive technology for years. We have reported plans from Google, Apple and Facebook among others to spy on user’s lifestyle choices and, "build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining."
Google’s plan to “use in-built microphones to listen in on user’s home conversations, tracking software on internet enabled television, radio or hi - fi equipmentt to direct targeted advertising at us based on their algorithms' perception of our "preferences."
Google Home and other “home assistant” devices from Apple and Amazon now have this capability.
These patent applications are a disturbing reminder of the level of control these companies seek over our daily lives.
Google is Recording Your Voice, Here’s How To Stop Them
Search Engine giant Google have never concealed the fact that its business model is based on collecting date from users to enable its algorithms to target individuals with advertising material related to their 'interests' as determined by keywords from web sites they visit. What is not quite to widely understood is that having found people's search history reveals little about them, recording and storeing your audio commands might be more revealing and to that end Google is hyping its voice controlled personal assistants. All you utterances are recorded. Users are told all recordings can be deleted from a Google account, although the how to do this is not as obvious as one might hope, in fact finding instuctions is a right pain in the arse.
It is not from recording your conversations with friends or familythat interests them however, they want to create a pictuire of what kind of consumer you are, the better to bombard you with targeted ads. Each time you say “Ok Google” to start a web search or, for example, set an alarm on your device the servers record your command.
The company has never denied this activity, but you can learn about only by reading the small print of its multipage “terms of service” agreement, which, let’s be honest, almost none of us actually reads because it is in impenetrable legal jargon. It is reported Google can even snatch location data from inactive android devices
The audio files can be listened to on My Activity page, which can be accessed here. On this page, you can also see a timeline of your activity across Google services, including visited websites and videos and pictures you have viewed.
Google Explains: "The platform records your voice and other audio, plus a few seconds before, when you say the Ok Google command or tap the mic button, the company says.
"Your audio is saved to your account only when you’re signed in and Voice & Audio Activity is turned on. Audio can be saved even when your device is offline." The company also explains that voice and audio activity improves user experience. Recordings are used to learn the sound of your voice, learn how you say words and phrases and to improve speech recognition across Google products.
If we believe that Google really only has users interests at heart and wants to improve user experience across the web, giving us better search results and making our interaction with its products more personalized, more human-like that would be lovely. But there are some big "buts."
The information stored by Google can be accessed by an evil-minded person if your Google account is hacked.
There is the risk that this information may be used against you if you have a conflict with the authorities.
This information is processed and analyzed to show better targeted, personally “tailored” ads to you, which you may not necessarily like.
Google my not be the most evil corporation in the free world but theyu are certainly contenders.
Fortunately, all information Google has collected about you can easily be removed if you know how.
On the My Activity page, navigate to "Delete activity by" in the menu on the left of the page, then select "All time" as the date, chose "Voice & Audio" and click delete.
"When Voice & Audio Activity is off, voice inputs won’t be saved to your Google Account, even if you’re signed in. Instead, they may only be saved using anonymous identifiers," Google says.
Finally, you can also change your setting to prevent Google from recording your voice and storing recordings on its servers.RELATED POSTS: