Apple And Google Fulfill Obama’s Dream: Gather The Same Collective Info Across Platforms

Posted on January 25, 2012


People unhinged about Google’s announcement that it will now begin to treat platforms in its purview such as Android, Google Search, G-Mail and YouTube as a single entity by merging information about customers of these units as a single source for information about an individual signed up for these services should turn their gaze to Apple.  They have been pretty much doing the same thing across their platforms from Facebook to iPhone to iPad.  The point that seems to stick in the craw of so many users is that there is no opt-out for this.  It is unclear if Apple allows an opt-out for centralizing information gathered from Facebook, iPhone, iPad and other platforms.

Let’s just take a moment to reflect that since Obama determined to run for office, he has been guided, funded and prodded by these media giants.  He approached Facebook about how they organized information about users when he was busy setting up the database on voters that helped win the election for him. This database is still in operation for election 2012.

With their ability to control information gathering on my Android, they have me covered coming and going.

But for this writer, the most insidious thing Google does is so-called tailoring searches on their search engine based on my user information.  It has long got in the way of through, meaningful search results causing me to use other browsers.

And now, speaking of control, a woman at the White House is stepping up to the microphone for an interview. She has the title “Director for Domestic Policy.”  Is this a Czarina?  Will she be the one to deal with the social and search media?  Will she have ultimate control over information about us or will her roll be co-mingled with that of another Czar. Herein lies the difficulty: Only Obama knows for sure and he does not seem to want to cut staff anytime soon.

Obama has sought to legislate increased Presidential power over the internet via a request for a “kill switch” to take down the internet in times of uncertainty such as civil unrest, etc.

Now all of these social and search engine media giants will say that everything they do is to enhance your on-line experience.  Google has said today:

“If you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services,” Whitten said. “In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.” [Aljazeera]

So now if you are a protestor anywhere in the world, that government can know ALL about your anti-government activities.  And in possible cooperation with applications that provide information on individuals sought after by potential employers, you can be prevented from getting a job.

So Obama’s cozy relationship with the media is beginning to give him the tools he will need to maintain his grip on this country.