I thought what with all the Street View shenanigans, it's high time Google had a thread seeing as it seems to be a new bogeyman for the Mail. Today's top story:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... oogle.html
Basically the search engine picked up a list of credit card details from a criminal gang's site, although from the headline and tone of the story you would think Google deliberately emailed the list to everyone in the UK and it's all their fault. It is a bit worrying that it's that easy to get your hands on it but in a way it's good it came to light because now it can be removed and perhaps the owners of said dodgy site tracked down (probably quite easy - what criminal mastermind has their own website ffs?)
No wonder! Whenever you pick up the phone and try and pay a bill you end up in India. Who has control over your data? Nobody! least of all you but some person that cannot be even made legally responsible in this country when your credit card details end up somewhere else.
However, the banks make YOU responsible when YOU give your details out.
Having questioned this with Lloyds for instance, they "assure" me it is safe. Oh yeah? And how will they control that???
Click to rate Rating 36- AM, NEWBURY, UK, 28/3/2009 3:27
Oh yeah, like no one in a UK call centre would ever think about stealing details. It's those awful furriners!
Typical the banks get us into the credit crunch. Then to make matters worse our card details are cloned and published for criminal gangs to rob us blind. But the banks think there is no need to tell us.
It's about time we told the banks to get lost and go back to good old cash. I draw money out of the bank inside the bank and use it to buy everything I need because I don't trust the banks, and even then I am not immune.
Click to rate Rating 19- Pete, Pontefract U.K, 28/3/2009 2:34
Yeah! Fuck the banks! Actually you can be assured that if these companies were in any way aware the data had been stolen they'd have let the customers in question know. Last time I was in NY I had several frantic calls from my cc company trying to get hold of me as my card had been cloned (no money was taken luckily) - they proactively stopped the card until they could get hold of me, reactivated it briefly so I could get some cash out as I had none on me, then cancelled it again and I had my new one within days. So there.
Try to find out YOUR details by phoning your credit card company and be placed in contact with a COMPLETE STRANGER who has ALL YOUR details on screen, but will ask YOU the obligatory ten thousand questions about YOU, and if you get ONE ANSWER wrong ... NO DISCUSSION, and NO DETAILS given. WHO 'CHECKS' these checkers who are checking YOU and YOUR details ? How do WE know that THEY are not selling YOUR details ? I cut up my Credit card and sent the pieces to the head office with my letter of complaint, about being vetted by these COMPLETE STRANGERS ! ! ! WHY cannot my Bank, where I AM known, answer my Credit Card enquiries ? Seems simple enough to me ! ! !
Click to rate Rating 11- B.W.Moore. Mr., Stockton on Tees ... UK, 28/3/2009 8:46
Because it's unlikely that your bank is going to do anything with your credit card - that would be the card company in most cases.
And so on.