Wall Street Journal reporter Rob Copeland has unearthed another Google data scraping scandal, this time your private health information. As usual, Google doesn’t want you to focus on how they use this data in the background for data profiling in ways that you don’t know is happening and that you were never asked to consent to.
The scandal isn’t that it’s illegal, the scandal is that it isn’t illegal. Yet.
Remember that where Google gets into trouble is not necessarily because of what you can see, it’s what they do with the data that you can’t see. For example, Google uses Google Books as a corpus to teach their translation algorithm in the background through a process of machine learning. That was what the Google Books case was about–not the “Digital Library of Alexandria” BS.
Just like many Google products, the company uses the old head fake to get you thinking the deal is about one thing, but it’s actually about something else you wouldn’t like.