Does Google's relationship with the NSA nullify its privacy policies?
Of course, perhaps the same could be said about Microsoft. Or Apple. Or Amazon. Or any US based company in post Patriot Act America.
But since Google and NSA have this ‘special bond’ its easier to pick on them. Not to mention they have the biggest mountain of data. And a history of harvesting it.
And so, it seems reasonable to assume that the privacy policies you agreed to them will be more likely ‘indirectly violated’ than with any other company. Heck, it might be happening in real-time.
I’m no law expert - and frankly, privacy policies are boring - like most I rarely read them. But I think they’re generally good to have in place. The goal is to define exactly how our information is being used and who exactly will be viewing it. Whether its our home address, our shopping habits, or the contents of our email. So I’m just a tad concerned that privacy polices today, especially those by Google, may be totally irrelevant in achieving that goal.