Google Wants Amazon Delivery Drone Idea Banned – Claims Privacy Issues
Isn't that like the pot calling the kettle black? In the wake of numerous credible media reports that Google has allowed the National Security Agency back-door access to private citizens data, now the search engine giant is blasting Amazon's delivery drone idea.
Fortune Magazine and CNN Money are reporting Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the British Guardian Newspaper last spring:
"How would you feel," Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt asked in the Guardian last April, "if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their back yard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?"
Google calls the idea going over "the creepy line." Amazon recently announced it's ambitious plans to build and operate a fleet of delivery drones that could supply orders to customers.
Meanwhile, Apple Corp. took another shot back at Google over the recent NSA stories, issuing the following statement last month:
"Our business does not depend on collecting personal data. We have no interest in amassing personal information about our customers. We protect personal conversations by providing end-to-end encryption over iMessage and FaceTime. We do not store location data, Maps searches, or Siri requests in any identifiable form."
My wife and I have two daughters who currently work at the Kennewick Amazon call-customer service center, and one daughter who worked there previously for two years before moving onto another similar job. They've all heard of the ambitious drone plans, but say they know - nor does anyone else - about how or when it will happen. They tell us they're "just" in the customer service and solutions center. They figure when it's ready to happen, they will be told.
We found this amusing meme on our Newstalk Facebook, one of several that popped up following Amazon's announcement. (Courtesy of shooterjobs.com). Our daughters found it amusing, and saw the humor in the picture.