The 2012 Google Clusterfuck Countdown
A continuously updated list of Google’s public mishaps in 2012:
17 Feb: iPhone Tracking
Google is caught circumventing Safari’s built-in privacy settings to place tracking cookies in mobile users’ browsers.
02 Feb: Google Maps fined in France
A French court convicts Google of abuse of its dominant market position with its Maps service and fines it €500,000. Google appeals the judgment.
16 Jan: Open Street Maps Vandalism
Google contractors are caught vandalising Open Street Map data.
10 Jan: Selling Illegal Ads
After expensive legal settlements for earlier offenses in 2007 and 2011, Google is yet again caught selling AdWords ads for illegal products, including cannabis, fake IDs, and fake Olympic tickets.
02 Jan: Chrome Link Buying
Google is caught buying links to promote its Chrome browser.
01 Jan: Manipulating +1 Upvotes
Google appears to be manipulating +1 upvotes in AdWords ads.
More will be added as they (inevitably) occur.
Google Noose image credit: freelance SEO Alex Moss