Umbral Blot writes: "When Google was young we all had high hopes for it. After all, they included "don't be evil" in their corporate charter; perhaps Google would turn out to be a new kind of company, one that did the right thing because it was right and not because they were forced to. But many of us have become disillusioned with Google, their behavior has made it evident that they are not much better, ethically, than the average company. So why didn't Google turn out as we hoped? Perhaps the problem lies with the "don't be evil" principle itself. You can read more here. Full disclosure: I wrote the linked article. Fuller disclosure: but I don't make any money from traffic, it only serves to inflate my ego."