Who Cooked Up Kenya Database Scam? Google Doesn't Know
Did Google improperly access data from Kenya-based Mocality and use that information in order to steal its clients? According to sources close to the matter, a small group unauthorized by Google pulled off the scheme, though the search giant does yet know their identity.
Mocality maintains a crowd-sourced, publicly available online directory of about 170,000 Kenyan businesses. Google has a similar effort, known as Getting Kenyan Businesses Online (GKBO), which started in September.
In a statement released earlier today, Nelson Matto, vice president for Google product and engineering in Europe and emerging markets said the company was "mortified to learn that a team of people working on a Google project improperly used Mocality's data and misrepresented our relationship with Mocality to encourage customers to create new websites."
looks like some Google employees went rogue ...or at least that's Google's story.
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