Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Let's say you just caught your spouse in a compromising situation.  You leave him or her and decide, in your worst of worst times, to write him/her a scathing letter on Google Docs.  Maybe you even got a little extreme in what you might do to get back.

Within an hour of hitting "save" there's a knock on your door.

It's the police.  They received a notice from Google that you were planning a possible terrorist act.  Of course, you planned no such thing. Did Google "see" you googling how to make a bomb?  Were you searching for theaters where firearms were banned?

As the police snap the metal bracelets on your wrists they inform you that you were writing out your plans on Google Docs.

Sound like fantasy?  THINK AGAIN.
In response to some of these reports [of being locked out of Google Docs], a Google employee tweeted that the team handling Google Docs was looking into the matter. Later Tuesday, Google said in a statement that it had "made a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked. A fix is in place and all users should have full access to their docs."

Although the error appeared to be a technical glitch, the fact that Google is capable of identifying "bad" Google Docs at all is a reminder: Much of what you upload, receive or type to Google is monitored.
That's why I never use Google Docs.  What I type is none of their business.  And what you say CAN be used against you even if none of it is true.

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