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How Google Killing Accounts Can Leave Androids Orphaned 210

jfruhlinger writes "As we've heard in cases of pseudonym-users in Google+, or in the case of Dylan Marcheschi that went viral last week, Google can kill your account at any time — and since Google is keen on tying your account to its entire range of services, that means you could lose data stored everywhere from Gmail to Picasa. Blogger Dan Tynan examined one particular aspect of this problem — namely, the plight of someone who's been Google-executed and who uses an Android phone."
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How Google Killing Accounts Can Leave Androids Orphaned

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  • by wjousts ( 1529427 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:01AM (#36920136)
    Really? Putting all your data in the hands of a third-party means they could arbitrarily shut you out for whatever reason they want. Film at 11.
  • by cronot ( 530669 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:10AM (#36920236)

    I don't like that my G+ profile shouts my real name everywhere too. So I was looking around in my profile, and guess what: There's a "Nickname" field in there - but the profile form explicitly says that it won't be shown in the profile. Why the hell are they doing that? Why have this field if it's not going to be used?

    The dumb part is that Google could be fixing this problem in a much less disrupting way: Make the "Nickname" field actually useful, make it the default field shown for the public, or have the user setup if he wants the Nickname to be shown or his real name. Hell, if Google is so bent into real names, at least make the Nickname the field to be shown to the public, and the real name only to your friends / circles. What a waste.

  • by xaxa ( 988988 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:20AM (#36920326)

    The fact that he also broke all traces of the image now kinda makes it suspicious to me. (Not to mention that its prolly copyright infringement too, but that's unrelated).

    What about an ancient Greek vase depicting a naked, aroused, male youth? I'm pretty sure they exist (try Wikipedia, I'm not willing to look at work). Some countries would consider that child pornography.

    What about a 6 year old girl wearing a padded bra? There were news stories here recently criticising this kind of thing (e.g. here []). Wearing something equivalent but flat (e.g. swimming wear) is fine, and there are plenty of pictures on clothes store sites. But is the padded bra sexualisation, and does (should?) that make a photograph CP?

  • by Hijacked Public ( 999535 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:22AM (#36920338)

    But it isn't really 'your' account. You merely signed up for a service created, implemented, and hosted by Google. You paid Google nothing for it and although I haven't read the Picasa TOS I suspect it contains some amount of favoritism toward Google, since Google wrote it.

    All of this internet service type stuff is very new, but even non-technical people need to be reminded that any digital sandcastles they might build on someone else's beach are subject to being washed away at any time without notice and regardless of the difficulty it might cause. All a person need do is sit down and read one single TOS in its entirety to understand that.

  • Re:Not again ??!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:26AM (#36920378) Journal

    The message that's going out: Don't get a G+ account, or your email is at risk.

    Which is a silly message. The message should be: if you are going to use a third party to provide your email, and you actually care about being to use, then make sure that you have a contract with them that requires them to keep providing the service. If you use a free service that's subject to termination without notice at the whim of the provider, then don't be surprised if it's terminated without notice at the whim of the provider.

  • Re:FUD article (Score:4, Insightful)

    by shentino ( 1139071 ) <> on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:33AM (#36920454)

    That tired cliche rests on the unsound assumption that the powers that be don't make mistakes.

    The reason we have a legal system with warrants, trials, juries, and all that other fluff instead of an omniscient judge whose word is immediate and final is precisely BECAUSE humans are fallible, corruptible, potentially senile beings who cannot be trusted either with their minds OR their hearts.

  • by Camahueto ( 1349531 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:54AM (#36920708)
    Google should offer a way to get your data out of the system, even if your account is locked.

    PS: Google said they werent blocking entire accounts just Buzz and Google+ [] a fact is confirmed by some Hong Kong users here []

  • much with (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:55AM (#36920720) Homepage
    smartphones as well as social networks, in the immortal words of Richard Stallman, "you are the product, not the consumer." so kindly continue your farmville farming, twitter tweeting, foursquare check-ins and placement of those to whom you relate closest into magnificent target demographic circles. the sausage factory doors are to remain locked for a reason.

    Google and Facebook have a shareholder responsibility to ensure their product is of the highest quality, you see. in terms of produce, what google is doing is the equivalent of removing rotted tomatoes from their sales cart. So long as you continue to perform normally and consume regularly, there will be no problems. Champion no unsanctioned social causes, boycott no sponsors product, and subvert not the model afforded to you.

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