Google in recent days has also announced that it will follow Twitters lead and censor some content on blogger at the behest of certain countries. Twitter had initially caused an uproar by announcing that it would remove user posted tweets that were illegal in said country but would allow it to be seen in other countries. Is this a brave new world we are moving toward? With the recent hearings on SOPA and PIPA, as well as the shut down of MegaUpload it feels more and more that government and big business are increasingly pushing towards tightening its grip around the once free medium of internet. Google supposedly adheres to the company mantra of "don't be evil" but one wonders how closely they continue to follow this?
These issues not only raise questions of the issue of privacy relating to corporations, businesses and government entities having access to our every move on the internet but cyber-criminals as well. Many may recall the cyber attacks by a Chinese based group called Aurora which took place from June 2009 in through the Christmas holiday of that year, which infiltrated 200+ companies including Google. What is to say that something similar could still not happen and now with a more integrated user experience and Facebook and Google at the helm for targeting (The group Anonymous just targeted Facebook over the weekend) that could make your personal information more easily accessible by hackers. No word in the disclaimer mentions what further measures would be taken to ensure integration does not make hackers gaining access to your information easier. Google has become far more secure since the Aurora attacks but all these questions.