Once again, a major social media company is under fire for essentially trashing users’ privacy rights. This time, it’s Google, which is being heavily criticized for a controversial new service that reveals some of the personal information that the company knows about you. The service, “Your Timeline,” is designed to permit users of the social media company’s famous online maps to identify places they visit. Google officials say the app will help people remember places like restaurants and other locations they visited.
As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, however, some users took to Twitter and other social sites to proclaim Your Timeline as “scary.” In fact, one site – BGR.com – proclaimed the new app “incredibly cool” and “terrifyingly scary.” In a blog post, Google’s Gerard Sanz, in announcing the feature, wrote, “Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been — whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help.” FULL REPORT