Of course they are. Most business organizations are not out for the betterment of society no matter what their motto is. That doesn’t mean we don’t want them around or need them. We just need to acknowledge that a business organization is inherently untrustworthy.
This article is not really interesting, but it does a have a few choice quotes worth sharing which sum up Big Data.
Given its record, and with so little accountability, how can any of us trust Google — or other Internet giants like Facebook, which now faces its own privacy and anti-trust concerns? Who gave these new media companies the right to invade our privacy without our permission or knowledge and then secretly store the data until they can figure out how to profit from it in the future?
Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, for example, who is in charge of a subcommittee on privacy, noted in a recent speech that companies such as Google and Facebook accumulated data on users because “it’s their whole business model. And you are not their client; you are their product.”