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The Web's Worst Privacy Policy 107

Sparrowvsrevolution writes "With much of the web upset over about Google's latest privacy policy changes, it's helpful to remember it could be much worse: A search engine called Skipity offers the world's worst privacy policy (undoubtedly tongue-in-cheek), filled with lines like this: 'You may think of using any of our programs or services as the privacy equivalent of living in a webcam fitted glass house under the unblinking eye of Big Brother: you have no privacy with us. If we can use any of your details to legally make a profit, we probably will.' The policy gives the company the right to sell any of your data that it wants to any and all corporate customers, send you limitless spam, track your movements via GPS if possible, watch you through your webcam, and implant a chip in your body that is subject to reinstallation whenever the company chooses."
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The Web's Worst Privacy Policy

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  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @06:05PM (#38822951)

    Every time I use Google, I get this unnerving feeling that Larry Page is petting a cat somewhere and telling a henchman "Soon we will have enough to blackmail EVERYONE...bwah, ha, ha, ha!"

  • by gmuslera ( 3436 ) * on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @06:10PM (#38823005) Homepage Journal
    Oblig xkcd []. They just aren't good being evil.
  • by stoofa ( 524247 ) on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @06:29PM (#38823179)
    Are you seriously telling me this wouldn't stand up in court: [] Damn. That lawyer owes me those two beers back.
  • by reboot246 ( 623534 ) on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @06:31PM (#38823195) Homepage
    That's actually the privacy policy of the United States Federal government.

    And getting worse every day . . . .
  • by tgd ( 2822 ) on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @06:43PM (#38823283)

    They already have enough to blackmail everyone.

    They're not already blackmailing everyone?

    Crap, I wonder who that I payed that rans^H^H^H^Hdonation to?

  • by alien9 ( 890794 ) on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @07:15PM (#38823503) Journal
    Slashdot's policy allows its system to thrash anyone's KARMA at will.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @07:34PM (#38823689)

    actually, ALL of you are part of a campaign, deliberate or not, to poison slashdot, which alone is more worth, has created more insight, than google, microsoft, apple, facebook and twitter combined.

    this used to be a vestige of cynical people who aren't fucking stupid, now it's endless bickering about some prostitute corporations, as if those didn't have their own PR outlets. cut it out, all of you. anyone who reads any of it, or spends a single mod point on something that is PURE NOISE, is basically a traitor and part of the problem.

  • by antdude ( 79039 ) on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @07:50PM (#38823805) Homepage Journal

    "This product is meant for educational purposes only. Any resemblance to real persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required. List each check separately by bank number. Batteries not included. Contents may settle during shipment. Use only as directed. No other warranty expressed or implied. Do not use while operating a motor vehicle or heavy equipment. Postage will be paid by addressee. Subject to CAB approval. This is not an offer to sell securities. Apply only to affected area. May be too intense for some viewers. Do not stamp. Use other side for additional listings. For recreational use only. Do not disturb. All models over 18 years of age. If condition persists, consult your physician. No user-serviceable parts inside. Freshest if eaten before date on carton. Subject to change without notice. Times approximate. Simulated picture. No postage necessary if mailed in the United States. Please remain seated until the ride has come to a complete stop. Breaking seal constitutes acceptance of agreement. For off-road use only. As seen on TV. One size fits all. Many suitcases look alike. Contains a substantial amount of non-tobacco ingredients. Colors may fade. We have sent the forms which seem right for you. Slippery when wet. For office use only. Not affiliated with the American Red Cross. Drop in any mailbox. Edited for television. Keep cool; process promptly. Post office will not deliver without postage. List was current at time of printing. Return to sender, no forwarding order on file, unable to forward. Not responsible for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from any defect, error or failure to perform. At participating locations only. Not the Beatles. Penalty for private use. See label for sequence. Substantial penalty for early withdrawal. Do not write below this line. Falling rock. Lost ticket pays maximum rate. Your canceled check is your receipt. Add toner. Place stamp here. Avoid contact with skin. Sanitized for your protection. Be sure each item is properly endorsed. Sign here without admitting guilt. Slightly higher west of the Mississippi. Employees and their families are not eligible. Beware of dog. Contestants have been briefed on some questions before the show. Limited time offer, call now to ensure prompt delivery. You must be present to win. No passes accepted for this engagement. No purchase necessary. Processed at location stamped in code at top of carton. Shading within a garment may occur. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Keep away from fire or flames. Replace with same type. Approved for veterans. Booths for two or more. Check here if tax deductible. Some equipment shown is optional. Price does not include taxes. No Canadian coins. Not recommended for children. Prerecorded for this time zone. Reproduction strictly prohibited. No solicitors. No alcohol, dogs or horses. No anchovies unless otherwise specified. Restaurant package, not for resale. List at least two alternate dates. First pull up, then pull down. Call toll free number before digging. Driver does not carry cash. Some of the trademarks mentioned in this product appear for identification purposes only. Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear. Record additional transactions on back of previous stub. Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T. Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. No transfers issued until the bus comes to a complete stop. Package sold by weight, not volume. Your mileage may vary. Known as Hellman's east of the Rockies. Beware of greeks bearing gifts. Beware of gifts bearing greeks. This side up. Don't take any wooden nickels. Don't take candy from strangers. Void where prohibited. Caveat Emptor (Buyer beware) Caveat Vendor (Beware of street people). Donde esta el bano. Beware of DOS. Look both ways before crossing the street. All your base are belong to us. Always wear safety belt. Always wear deodorant. Don't forget to breathe. If you park, don't drink...accidents cause people. This supersedes all previous notices.

    This modified disclaimer may not be copied without the expressed written consent of whoever I stole it from."

  • by dgatwood ( 11270 ) on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @08:17PM (#38824001) Homepage Journal

    I can see it now.

    Hello, Senator. I'm glad you could meet with me. I wanted to talk to you about an... anomaly we noticed with your gmail account. It seems that all of those racy emails you've been sending to your intern—you know, the 15-year-old son of your biggest donor—somehow made their way into a mail queue that is scheduled for delivery to your wife and her divorce attorney some time tomorrow.

    Now I know what you're thinking. How could this happen? We're not really sure. The point is that it has happened. We can make sure those messages never get delivered by deleting the queue, which we'll do, but we need something from you, too. Good. I'm glad we could come to an understanding.

  • by russotto ( 537200 ) on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @11:38PM (#38825215) Journal

    Slashdot USED to be the kind of place where there would be a 300+ posting arguing merits of various file systems, various features of different OSes and even if you didn't agree with a poster dammit you LEARNED because everyone brought their A games and you might even end of with some of the guys who actually wrote the thing involved in the conversation.

    No, Grandpa Simpson, it never was. Perhaps you're thinking of Usenet before the Great Renaming?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 26, 2012 @01:38AM (#38825701)

    He's paid by Yahoo! to post that.

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