Google’s conquest of privacy is complete

From the moment Google started offering “free” email, which users “paid” by allowing Google to target ads based on keywords in the content of their emails, anyone paying attention understood that Google’s access to intimate information about our lives is breathtaking. But over the last month, the extent to which Google has expanded its surveillance capabilities is still astonishing.On Friday, Nest, the subsidiary of Google that makes “smart” thermostats and smoke alarms and aspires to provide “the operating system of the home,” announced it was purchasing DropCam, a security company that operates in-home webcams. Then, on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Nest would for the first time start sharing user information with Google.

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