This comes from a company that you’d least expect. Their corporate motto is “Do no evil.” They’re well known to all of us and yet they’ve started a move to consolidate all of our (end user) data into a single giant repository.
It started off innocently enough with Gmail. Never have to delete your email again unless its spam. Nice concept. except that they keep the stuff that you do delete. It moved on to Google chat which, btw, logs all of your chat conversations over their servers. Now they have a move afoot called the “G drive” which will allow you to store all of your digial media with Google – movies, music, photos, etc. All nicely accessible from anywhere with a net connection. They’re also trying to become content providers, a la the purchase of AOL Time Warner. There’s also a move afoot by them to allow you to create online identities along the lines of the “digital wallet” from Microsoft (aka Passport).
Taken all together this might not be a bad thing until say the FBI shows up with one of their nastly little “National Security Letters” and starts demanding data on you. Since ALL of it is in a single repository (i.e. “The Belly of the Beast”), they’ll have to produce it and hand it over which means that Big Brother will have far more information about you, me, and everyone else than I deem to be appropriate.
With that in mind, I give you the mark of the beast…