Claire Cain Miller quoting Larry Page, Google’s CEO:

“Virtually everything that we want to do, I think, is somewhat at odds with locking down all of your information for uses you haven’t contemplated yet,” Mr. Page said. “That’s something I worry about.”

Is it just me or does the above make zero sense? I want to break it down a bit:

Virtually everything that we want to do,

“Most things Google wants to do…”

I think

“I’m pretty sure…”

is somewhat at odds with locking down all of your information

“is not possible if Google locks down all of your information”

for uses you haven’t contemplated yet

“because you can’t see the future”

That’s something I worry about.

“I worry about you not seeing the future”?

So, here’s what I read Page as having said:

Most things Google wants to do, I’m pretty sure, is not possible if Google locks down all of your information and that’s because you can’t see the future. And I worry about you not seeing the future.

My head still hurts. Honestly I think Page failed to say: “Users don’t know our future plans, and those plans are not possible without more sharing of user information.”

But he can’t say it that clearly, because that’d piss off privacy advocates even more.


Posted by Ben Brooks