EU Wants Google to Promise It Will Not Use Fitbit Data to Enhance Search

July 27, 2020

We noted “Europe Wants Google to Pledge That Fitbit Data Won’t Further Enhance Search.” Let’s see what “pledge” means:

Your Dictionary says: “The definition of a pledge is something held as security on a contract, a promise, or a person who is in a trial period before joining an organization. An example of a pledge is a cash down payment on a car. An example of a pledge is a promise that you’ll buy a person’s car.” says: “A solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something:a pledge of aid; a pledge not to wage war. Something delivered as security for the payment of a debt or fulfillment of a promise, and subject to forfeiture on failure to pay or fulfill the promise.” says: “From Middle English plege?, from Anglo-Norman plege?, from Old French plege? (Modern French pleige?) from Medieval Latin plevium?, plebium?, from Medieval Latin plebi?? (“I pledge”), from Frankish *plegan? (“to pledge; to support; to guarantee”), from Proto-Germanic *plehan?? (“to care about, be concerned with”). Akin to Old High German pflegan? (“to take care of, be accustomed to”), Old Saxon plegan? (“to vouch for”), Old English pl?on? (“to risk, endanger”).”

The write up says:

EU regulators are asking Google to pledge that Fitbit information will not be used to “further enhance its search advantage.” Another demand involves letting third-parties have “equal” access to that data.

DarkCyber’s comment: Ho, ho, ho. Guarantee? Data are ingested and processed. Ho, ho, ho. No humans involved. Ho, ho, ho. It’s an artificial intelligence system. Ho, ho, ho. Let the lawyers figure it out. Ho, ho, ho. Fitbit users buy products, and Google wants to sell like Amazon. Ho, ho, ho.

Stephen E Arnold, July 27, 2020


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