It is your analogy that is ludicrous and you continue to cling to it as though it has some relevance. It has none. It is up to Google to follow the law. The law governs the collection, use, retention and disclosure of personal information - just because the data can be readily captured doesn't then make it "fair game" for whatever a third party wants to do with it. I readily concede that "fair game" is precisely the situation in the US - personal infomation is an asset that can be bought and sold like any other - but you should recognise that the rest of the civilised world does not share this lackadaisical approach. It always puzzled me that in the land of the free, there is barely any protection for individuals' privacy.
Nice little discussion you're having, but all your analogies miss the point completely. I don't know how you got on this "plain view" furrow, but it has no relevance. The simple fact is that personal information - recorded information that uniquely identifies an individual - has special status. It's special. The law says so. The legislation governs, among other things, how such data is collected and how it is used. Whether or not it is in "plain view" is neither here nor there. Google completely ignored the law regarding collection of data.
I understand how all this legislated information privacy is terra incognita for you, but these are not my opinions, they are those of the Canadian Privacy commissioner. You should check out her website.
You have your view of the law and the Canadian Privacy Commissioner has hers - I know which one I believe is the more sound. The mere fact that you write of "suing" in your inappropriate analogy shows how little you understand of how the legislation works.
Neither Canada nor the EU are responsible for the ridiculous situation where the US alone among industrialised nations lacks proper privacy legislation. Being ignorant of these matters is no excuse, for either you or google.
Skyscrapers may be vastly more affordable if built from interlocking modules on the ground that could be airlifted into place
Unlikely, I would think : how could using airlift ever be cheaper than a temporary crane on the top of the structure?
this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service
Like, by making a game out of it, for example...
If i do a lookup on www.slashdot.org then this query should newer hit any dns server controlled by Google.
The very first sentence of TA "...a group of DNS and content providers, including Neustar/UltraDNS and Google are publishing a proposal..." It's a way for providers of content and providers of DNS service to collude.
only the first 3 octects of the IP address are transmitted...could not be used to expose you
Combining this with the information from the already quite pervasive tracking google does, I can't imagine that identifying your one-of-256-addresses is anything other than trivial.
The difference between a career and a job is about 20 hours a week.