Google To Ban Ads For Tracking Technology, Spyware
Alphabet Inc.’s Google is changing its policies next month to ban advertising for spyware and other unauthorized tracking technology. Google To Ban Ads For Tracking Technology, Spyware
Google Is Not Your Friend! Hello? Knock, knock!!
Meanwhile, Google accused of tracking user browsing sessions via Chrome’s Incognito mode in a $5 billion lawsuit.
The complainants are seeking $5,000 for users as a monetary compensation under the violation of the Federal Wiretap Act and California Privacy laws.
Yeah, from the company who tracks and monitors you almost as much as the NSA. Its all for PR. Theyre just trying act like good guys when they are the shadiest of the bunch.
The change “will prohibit the promotion of products or services that are marketed or targeted with the express purpose of tracking or monitoring another person or their activities without their authorization,” according to the company.
While ads for these products already violate Google’s Enabling Dishonest Behavior policy, the change will make the ban on tracking technology explicit and lead to increased enforcement, a company spokeswoman said.
The policy will prohibit advertisements of spyware and malware “that can be used to monitor texts, phone calls, or browsing history,” according to Google. It will also ban ads for “GPS trackers specifically marketed to spy or track someone without their consent” and of cameras or recorders “marketed with the express purpose of spying.”
The new policy will be implemented globally on Aug. 11, and the accounts of advertisers that violate it will be suspended, according to Google.
Starting August 11, Google Ads will be denying advertising for anything designed at “spyware and surveillance technology.”
Starting August 11 of this year, Google Ads will be denying advertising for anything designed at “spyware and surveillance technology.” It’s technically an update to the Enabling Dishonest Behavior policy, and will apply to both search and shopping.
What is the Enabling Dishonest Behavior Policy?
Historically, the policy has focused on on dishonesty in many forms, but they mostly fall into things that mislead others, or those that let users get unauthorized access to physical objects.
Services They Specifically Cite Include:
* Fake Passports
* Fake Degrees Or Diplomas
* Selling Numbers That Mimic Being For National Identification
* Things To Help Pass Druge Tets
* Exam Or Paper-Writing Services
* Invalid Clicks
* Invalid Reviews
* Fake Social Media Endorsement
Unauthorized Access Examples They Give Include:
* Radar Jamming Technology
* Traffic Signal Changers
New Records Show Google, Microsoft, And Amazon Have Thousands Of Previously Unreported Military And Law Enforcement Contracts
- New research shows that Silicon Valley companies have thousands of previously-unreported subcontracts with the US military and federal law enforcement including ICE and the FBI.
- The subcontracts were surfaced through open records requests filed by Jack Paulson, a former Google researcher who previously joined coworkers to pressure the company not to work with the Pentagon.
- Microsoft has more than 5,000 previously unreported subcontracts with the Department of Defense and federal law enforcement. Amazon and Google each have hundreds of similar subcontracts, records show.
- Rank-and-file tech employees have pressured their employers to drop military contracts in recent years. Google dropped one Pentagon subcontract dubbed Project Maven after employee uproar in 2018.
Ties between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon are deeper than previously known, according to thousands of previously unreported subcontracts published Wednesday.
The subcontracts were obtained through open records requests by accountability nonprofit Tech Inquiry. They show that tech giants including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have secured more than 5,000 agreements with agencies including the Department of Defense, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the FBI.
Tech workers in recent years have pressured their employers to drop contracts with law enforcement and the military.
Google workers revolted in 2018 after Gizmodo revealed that Google was building artificial intelligence for drone targeting through a subcontract with the Pentagon — after some employees quit in protest, Google agreed not to renew the contract. Employees at Amazon and Microsoft have petitioned both companies to drop their contracts with ICE and the military, but neither company has caved to the demands.
The newly-surfaced subcontracts published by Tech Inquiry show that the companies’ connections to the Pentagon run deeper than many employees were previously aware. Tech Inquiry’s research was led by Jack Poulson, a former Google researcher who left the company in 2018.
“Often the high-level contract description between tech companies and the military looks very vanilla and mundane,” Poulson told NBC News. “But only when you look at the details of the contract, which you can only get through Freedom of Information [Act] requests, do you see the workings of how the customization from a tech company would actually be involved.”
Subcontracts come about when one contractor can’t carry out all the duties of their federal contract and hires a third party to fulfill certain aspects. In many cases, military and law enforcement contractors subcontracted with Google, Amazon, and Microsoft for services like cloud computing and data processing.
The research shows that Microsoft has over 5,000 subcontracts with law enforcement, while Amazon and Google each have several hundred subcontracts.
A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment.
Representatives for Google and Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.