There has been a lot of recent speculation about everyone’s favorite search engine getting into the phone business, as well as a lot of chatter as to why anyone would think such a thing. So I thought I would put my two cents in, in as practical (and sarcastic) a manner as possible.
WHY THE HECK WOULD ANYONE WANT TO USE A PHONE SERVICE THAT MIGHT ARCHIVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FOR ETERNITY!!!!!
I am not saying this is what Google would do, but I also do not think everyone will look twice at the fine print before signing up either. Google archives everthing, everything, everything they lay their bot on. People are always chitty chatting about cookies that expire when hell freezes over, cached pages with embarrassing corporate mistakes contained within, perpetual links to otherworldly (now) non-existent places, and email service that is accessible by subpoena, even after the account is closed. What’s to say this can’t happen again.
This is no conspiracy theory, attempt to flaunt privacy right, or any other devilish plot, for that matter. It is just what Google services do – they archive the world, for the world to see.
Then, catch Techdirt’s skeptical response:
But if you actually want to be scared (although there is neither reason to be, or any response coming if you are), read about Microsoft’s musings on similar fronts:
What do I think? I think the boys in Mountain View are a lot smarter than that. They won’t develop something that will open themselves up to such possible intense criticism, driven by FUD.
Now, chill out about the matter until something actually happens.