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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 Haedrian ( 1676506 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:04AM (#36920166)

    From the article

    "... found out why. A Google bot that automatically scans Picasa for illegal images flagged something Marcheschi had posted as child pornography. .....

    It turns out that the image he posted, though admittedly disturbing, was not technically porn. In fact, he says his reason for posting the image – to a collection he curated called “The Evolution of Sex” -- was to make a point about how you can post images of minors being sexualized without breaking any laws. (Marcheschi says Google deleted the image, he has no other copy, and doesn’t remember where he found it on the InterWebs, so there’s no way to judge for yourself.)"

    While I don't like the idea that google can delete your account, this is suspicious as anything to me. 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).

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

    by David Gerard ( 12369 ) <slashdot&davidgerard,co,uk> on Friday July 29, 2011 @09:11AM (#36920242) Homepage

    Google keep claiming that locked G+ profiles don't block GMail. However, reports keep coming in - e.g. from the Guardian, this story []. And a followup from Thursday [] - despite Bradley Horowitz claiming two days before that mail locks were not happening, even though they clearly were and still clearly are.

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

    I wonder if anyone at Google ever thought their policy would lead to headlines in major general-interest newspapers.

  • by MoonBuggy ( 611105 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @10:34AM (#36921172) Journal

    On the other hand "Company with generally good service locks multiple accounts for minor infraction on one product; generates bad press" is quite surprising. It's not a shock that they can do this, it's a shock that they did do so in a competitive market when they have a history of providing the better product - coming from a telecom company I'd say this kind of thing would be par for the course, coming from Google it's a surprise and a shame.

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