Who Cooked Up Kenya Database Scam? Google Doesn't Know

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    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    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."


    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398923,00.asp
    looks like some Google employees went rogue  ...or at least that's Google's story.

 
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