Vaidhyanathan criticizes Google for having a “lack of privacy” and for being an invasive “smokescreen”. While Google does have a history of exposing private information, their mission, overall, is not to expose our private lives. Indeed, there are times where it seems Google is absorbing every bit of information like a sponge. What we must remember is that the purpose of this information vacuum is for our benefit. Google’s purpose is not to blackmail us. Vaidhyanathan is concerned about the amount of data Google holds but he might as well be just as concerned with the government. We send in tax forms and fill out censuses with just as much information regarding our lives. David Carr, writer for the New York Times, argues that although Google’s motives have been called into question, it is overall an extremely useful tool. In his article “How good (or Not Evil) is Google?” he points out that Google financed more than $4 billion dollars towards pure research and applications to make it more powerful in order to please us, the users. Both authors point out the 2007 incident where Google scanned millions of books without permission. Vaidhyanathan argues this as evidence that Google is invasive however Carr makes a good point: no one else put effort into scanning these books page by page. Google’s goal here wasn’t to rip off all of the authors, it was to share the information in the books with the world and to preserve text that could otherwise be lost. Marie Curie’s books, for example, are too radioactive to touch and can be used by very few select scientists with expensive suits. This is a specific reason why we would need a company like Google to put the information online for all to see and use. By extending access to billions of people, Google is expediting the advancement of society. Yes, Google’s massive absorption rate and capacity of data is frightening but it is not being used for evil. It is only benefiting us and making our lives easier for the moment so even though Vaidhyanathan is critical, we shouldn’t be too worried.