Gmail users, and anyone sending them an email, should be wary of who may be viewing your personal content. In an ongoing court case, Google has, on the record, stated that they have a legal right to scan emails in order to improve their ability to advertise to consumers. Internet privacy advocate organization Consumer Watchdog doesn't agree, as I'm sure many of you don't, and so filed a lawsuit against the internet mogul in May specifically attacking this violation of internet privacy. Thus far, it may be a losing battle, as Google still holds to its legal right to scan emails.
So what does Google scanning emails really entail? According to Google, they "use the information we collect s to provide, maintain, protect and improve [Google services]...and to protect Google and our users" and also use this info to create user-tailored advertisements and search results. Now this all sounds peachy, but the potential results could cause some issues.
For one, most people think of emails as a private thing. People don't really think of an email as a piece of information open to the public. Google has stated that no human being actually surveys email information, a program simply scans for recurrent words and phrases. A likely statement to put people at ease, but for the moment, lets hope for the best and assume its correct because there are still a few major issues in having your emails scanned for content.
Hypothetically speaking, lets say your into some weird stuff, like leather/S&M stuff, that you don't generally share with your friends and family. The only people you do share it with are "friends" on the internet, those in certain subreddits, chatrooms, and the like. Now theres nothing wrong with that, but you do use your Gmail account to send around specific links. The friendly Gmail robo-email scanner notices this, picks up on the trend, and assumes your internet interest is public knowledge. Now the next time someone accesses an internet browser where your signed in as a user, a not-so-wanted ad for the latest in latex rubber suits pops up. The result? An akward conversation or you finding a likely excuse. So much for privacy.
A pretty hypoethical situation, granted, but not an entirely unlikely one. The real issue is that no one, save Google, really knows what the information if being used for. Combine this with the fact that Google is literally mapping the world, and you have what pretty much looks like the onset of 1984 or even Terminator-type plot, where one organization, using technology, keeps tabs on everyone on the planet. Now I'm not saying Google plans to do this, but really, whats stopping them? Not the court of law apparently.
Communications Manager, Community Affairs, YouTube
This job is for people who love to network and communicate with others on the daily and for people who have many years of experience in this field.
"As a member of the Global Communications & Public Affairs team, you will work cross-functionally to help communicate with journalists and other thought leaders; devise specific communications materials and campaigns; engage in face-to-face meetings with commentators and other opinion formers; and develop print and web-based material supporting these campaigns," the job listing reads.
Enterprise Field Sales Representative, Google Cloud
With this position, you'd be selling to Google's "top enterprise accounts," which is why the company is asking for an individual with at least seven years of technology-related sales or someone who has "business development experience at a B2B software company."
Cloud Data Developer, Professional Services, Google Cloud
If you have a degree in computer science, mathematics, or something similar, then this could be the position for you. The Cloud Data Developer should have experience writing software in one or more languages and know how to use data processing software, among other things.
Do you have "5 years of relevant experience, working in government, government relations, regulatory agency, politics, or the corporate or public interest space in Canada?" If so, consider applying to be an Analyst at Google!
You don't actually have to have your bachelor's degree yet to snag this job! To apply for this position, you should currently be pursuing a degree in computer science or a related field. If you're interested, make sure to send your application in before July 2.
On May 10, one of the world's largest technology companies, Google, announced its plan to acquire new property near Montreal, which will be used for a "future data center facility" — if everything gets approved in the process.
Google described this potential new facility as "an important addition to [its] long-standing presence in Québec."
"Based on industry standards for data center builds and our own experience, once construction begins on a data center, that construction phase at its peak can provide work for 300-500 people and ultimately an operational data center can employ dozens of people, at least 20-30 in skilled roles," the company wrote in a news release.
Google is aiming to run all of its business on clean electricity by 2030, and said, "as one of the world’s largest producers of hydropower, Québec is an important region for helping us achieve this ambitious sustainability goal."
The new data centre facility is expected to be located in Beauharnois, Quebec.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
Description: Some people call this home on Rue Belsize "the piano house" because it resembles an open grand piano. Others see a spaceship, a roller coaster or something from The Flinstones — so it's pretty much the Rorschach test of Art Deco architecture.
Description: No, you're not seeing double. This is SERIOUSLY a completely different house than the first one on the list. I know, right? People say this one looks more like a rollercoaster or a molar (yes, like the tooth).
The interesting thing is it only really stands out from the back, visible from Rue Fleet.
Description: Given that Montreal is known for its colourful rowhouses as well as its brick duplexes and triplexes, it's actually more jarring to see a building that's been painted completely black. But there's also something so aesthetically pleasing about it — don't you think?
Description: This modern house will delight car enthusiasts everywhere and have everyone else shaking their heads. Then again, if you can afford a beautiful vehicle, it makes sense that you'd want to show it off — almost like a piece of art.
Description: You've probably stood by the docks at the Old Port, looked out across the water and marvelled at Habitat 67 — whether it's because you dream of living there or you think the housing complex is a strange-looking eyesore.
Either way, Moshe Safdie's Expo 67 Pavillion has become an iconic piece of Montreal architecture.
Description: From the outside, this space looks fairly normal. Inside? There's a fully functional rock-climbing wall behind the living room and beside the kitchen. Talk about a statement wall! Someone in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie is really dedicated to their sport.
Description: If you're familiar with Saint-Henri lofts, you'll know that many of them, while gorgeous, have the exact same feel — wood floors and exposed brick. Well, not this one! The checkered floors and quirky accessories make it feel like a chic Alice in Wonderland fever-dream.
Description: From the ornate fountain on the lawn to the brass lion statues guarding the front door, this property is extra in every single way.
It's called Versace Manor because of the Versace mosaic swimming pool tiles, Versace marble tiles all over the house, Versace door handles, 9-foot-tall Versace curtain holders and Versace sink in the powder room.
The home was inspired by "Versace Greek Key" — and it's for sale. It could be yours for a cool $7,777,777.
Have you ever walked across a Montreal intersection so dreadfully planned and absolutely terrifying that you think every step you take will be your last? Welcome to Quebec!
Unfortunately, confusing, even dangerous, pedestrian crossings are a recurring theme on our city's many roads and avenues.
While city officials are currently tackling that issue with their Vision Zero plan, the reality is that we live in a large city with countless intersections that can potentially be hazardous, especially when you add careless drivers into the mix.
So we asked MTL Blog readers: which intersections are the absolute worst ones for pedestrians in Montreal? And you, our lovely readers, delivered in spades.
Here are the worst intersections for pedestrians in Montreal according to MTL Blog readers!
This intersection has been under construction for the past 85,000 years (or so it seems!)
rue Guy / rue Sainte-Catherine O.
As a former Concordia student, 100 times yes to how terrible this intersection is.
The crossing lights are too short, drivers can turn both ways for some inexplicable reason, and whenever a bus comes barreling around the corner to park in front of the metro, it comes inches away from crushing some poor first-year who doesn't know the meaning of the word hustle.