Dropcam Google – More Erosion of Privacy?
There are many conspiracy theories circulating about Google’s Dropcam buy. Here’s one that may have some weight but further reduces our disappearing privacy. Google buying Dropcam may open the door to exposing the interior of your home as part of their mapping strategy. This deduction is one logical reason for Google’s interest in Dropcam other than collecting additional data, data they don’t currently have―inside of your home. The whole idea of Google exposing videos of you coming up the stairs via your Dropcam that you forgot to turn off, or your wife sleeping on the sofa to the public may be unnerving and disconcerting.
The propaganda from news outlets is that Google’s purchase of Nest and Dropcam is to augment their connected home strategy. Google’s business model is all about collecting data and selling it to advertisers. All data from email to surfing habits are mined, and the more data Google can collect on consumers the more they can decipher to provide to advertisers. Knowing how cool or hot you keep your house or when you usually come home (via Dropcam) are merely two examples.
Moreover, what if all the video Dropcam has collected is now public? Ever see those embarrassing street view shots Google inadvertently offers of naked people? Well, imagine if they offered similarly inadvertent images of inside your home when you might walk naked in front of a Dropcam not knowing it’s on, and forget to delete the video from Dropcam’s cloud. That’s an embarrassing scenario.
I’m sure you can imagine even more unscrupulous incidents happening with Google’s control of your Dropcam. Oh yeah, Google will give you the tap dance about your privacy. However, the company is becoming so big that the only privacy they have a concern over is their own. Users of Google products are simply faceless commodities of information that allow Google to add more revenue to impress shareholders.