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Mission Creep-y

Google Is Quietly Becoming One of the Nation’s Most Powerful Political Forces While Expanding Its Information-Collection Empire

Nov. 13, 2014 — Google is so rapidly expanding both its information-collecting capabilities and its political clout that it could become too powerful to be held accountable, a new Public Citizen report finds.

“Mission Creep-y: Google Is Quietly Becoming One of the Nation’s Most Powerful Political Forces While Expanding Its Information-Collection Empire” looks at the ways Google is accruing power both in terms of the information it collects about the public and the sway it has over federal and state governments, as well as civil society.

The report documents the new technologies Google is developing and acquiring to collect new kinds of information, chronicles examples in which the company has acquired and shared information in questionable ways, and describes the company’s rapidly growing and in some ways non-transparent political activity.

The report is a look at one of the world’s most powerful and pervasive companies as it approaches new levels of dominance, a position that could make it hard to regulate if society ever decides its activities have become out of hand.

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