Originally Posted by TheRinger
considering the annoucement that google accidentially saved fragments of unsecured wlan traffic, my paranoia looks not so paranoid any more.
Maybe, in google maps they forgot to remove some code which records your voice ? Its closed source, and you dont know what is sent back to the company.
Therefore you have the application permissions, which wil notify you, if something happens you dont like.
An application which by default insists in deactivating this built in securtiy mechanism (it will not launch if you dont grant trusted status) is suspicious.
Google is a profit orientated company. First comes the profit, second the customer.
Since its "free" the customer is not able to take influence on the profit (of course, the real customers have influence, but, these are not you, but the companies which pay for google services). He even has not the status of a consumer, only is a resource/guinea pig, which is exploited to maximize profit.
No wonder, the software developer tries all kinds of experimental stuff, and, since guinea pigs do not have the same rights as real customers, the final code is not checked as thorougly as it should be done.