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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Telescope Books; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980038324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980038323
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scott Cleland's new book explains what getting 'Googled' really means having your private information exploited, your personal security compromised, your market choices eliminated, and your naive trust in the company's public pronouncements betrayed. Cleland's perspective will resonate most with conservatives and libertarians, but, in truth, every computer user needs to read this book before clicking on the Google site again." - Gary Reback, author of Free The Market! and the antitrust lawyer who spearheaded the Federal Government's case against Microsoft in the 1990s

A courageous and important book -- persuasively argued and well defended. - Ben Edelman, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

There is no one that writes more incisively about Google than Scott Cleland. - Randolph May, President, Free State Foundation

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" Search & Destroy provides an eye-opening assessment of Google's 'free services' that will lead many to question their online choices." --- Roger Entner, Analyst & Founder, Recon Analytics

"Search and Destroy is an important book - for the first time it puts a spotlight on all the issues arising from Google's advertising and search dominance." --- Simon Buckingham, Founder of Appitalism

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Google it. hahahahaha ....
Gathering Facts
They gather/market/sell information stolen from people without their permission even going so far as reading the entire contents of their computer in some cases.
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The topic is very important but the author repeats itself along the book in a very annoying way.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By FNell on May 28, 2011
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This work contains an important message that all should hear/read, but I found some of the content to be too repetitive. The author made his case on a particular topic/issue in one chapter, but does so again on the same topic/issue in subsequent chapters, with a little bit of extra information added. The book therefore contains less revelations than the length would suggest. Just when the book started to engage me at about 60% (on the Kindle) it ended. It was a bit of a frustrating read, but this does not mean the book should not be read. I strongly recommend it. I support the author's views on Google = "G-d" (omni-), and found the parallels with communism revealing. Google may be your friend today, but whoever controls it tomorrow may not be ...
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Edward Walker on June 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Review of Search & Destroy: Why You Can't Trust Google, Inc., by Scott Cleland with Ira Brodsky, Telescope Books, St. Louis, Missouri, 2011, ISBN-10: 0980038324, $28.95, 329 pages.

Even paranoiacs have real enemies, goes the adage. I'm inclined to agree, especially after reading Search & Destroy: Why You Can't Trust Google, Inc., by Scott Cleland with Ira Brodsky.

The book adds heft to a shelf increasingly freighted with cautionary volumes about the perils the Internet poses to individual privacy, among other concerns. The book, while at times heavy-handed, details the authors' views that Google tramples individual privacy, violates intellectual property rights, and asserts undoe if not illegal influence on both political and economic processes.

Internet privacy has become a hot-button issue in Washington, and featured as the issue du jour of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law when Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) conducted its May 10 inaugural hearing, titled "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy."

Additionally, legislators are scrambling to introduce Internet privacy laws, including the "Do Not Track Online Act of 2011," by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and the "Data Accountability and Trust Act" (HR 1707), by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL).

Multiple Threats to Privacy
Security violations affecting personal information are plentiful, including Apple's iOS4 operating system collecting and storing users' location information even when they tried to turn off location services, the Google Buzz social networking site sharing supposedly secure information upon its launch in 2010, and the hacking of 70 million Sony Playstation users' credit-card information in April.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on July 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There have been many books about the internet behemoth that is Google, but none that so explicitly expose the actual and potential dangers of a single company being the world's foremost organizer of the earth's information - until now.

Scott Cleland is considered one of the leading critics of Google and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions on companies like Google, Enron, WorldCom and others. He is also the former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Information and Communication Policy and currently runs the website GoogleMonitor.com. In other words, he is well qualified to write on this subject.

In "Search & Destroy: Why You Can't Trust Google Inc." Cleland (with Ira Brodsky) reveal a litany of Google abuses, lawsuits and questionable business behaviors that belie the company's famous motto, "Don't Be Evil." Google, Cleland asserts, is more than just a benevolent information organizer, but rather a company that has built its business on the back of effectively destroying copyright protections, creating a double standard of transparency, acting surreptitiously, and actively pursuing a policy of `innovation without permission.'

Cleland cites numerous examples where this practice has already been implemented - You Tube and Google Books outsized copyright infringments, AdWords auto-billing, even using Google Earth vehicles to secretly collect individual Wi-Fi addresses while photographing every street on earth - as well as exposing the potential for future breaches of trust when it comes to location based search, health records and much more.
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29 of 42 people found the following review helpful By VoraciousReader on May 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have had my doubts about Google's motives for years, but it is so easy to be swayed by their array of products and services. This groundbreaking book has finally convinced me once and for all that Google is not to be blindly trusted. Search and Destroy is well researched and documented. Must read for all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gathering Facts on March 3, 2014
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It's not a novel, don't ask it to be some masterpiece, it's an explanation of what they are really doing, it has nothing to do with freedom, NOTHING. They are collecting everything and when they are done they will be able to control the flow of everything, money, politics, knowledge and power. The snake in the garden of eden is exposed, he promised the tree of knowledge would set you free from an angry tyrannical god, but he was just gathersing your data and securing your slavery and taking away the blessings God gave you. Oh and they are even reading this review. You have to buy the book because the links are there and you will know the end is near when they begin deleting them. Also buying it on Kindle is a joke, they will delete it when ready, didn't you see Amazon (Google enhanced) delete 1984 from people's kindles? Google it. hahahahaha ....
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