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Google Just Doesn't Know When To Stop

Google has been caught in so many anti-privacy schemes, you'd think it would wise up. But Google is like Charlie Sheen, unable to admit it has a major problem.

So it is now that we learn of a Google art contest for kids that could help Google scare up social security numbers of minors.

As part of the parental disclosure, Google requires the last four digits of the kids' social security numbers, the city of birth and  parental data.

Experts believe that with this information, it is child's play to figure out the rest of the social security number.

Who needs the Patriot Act when we have Google?

Who is the worst privacy offender? Opinions welcome at [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/23/2011 at 1:18 PM


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