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
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.