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Posted Feb 16, 2012 15:44 UTC (Thu) by Jonno (subscriber, #49613)
In reply to: Tracking users by KaiRo
Parent article: Tracking users

Actually, Google is by law required to do what their shareholders say. If their shareholders say "this is your mission, keeping it is more important than quarterly profits", then that is what they have to do, and breaking it or even bending it slightly will send the directors and CEO to prison.

That said, I have no clue what the Google shareholders have ordered the Google board and CEO to do, I just want to point out that "corporation" does not necessarily equals "we'll do anything if we profit from it".


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Posted Feb 16, 2012 17:11 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

If their shareholders say "this is your mission, keeping it is more important than quarterly profits", then that is what they have to do, and breaking it or even bending it slightly will send the directors and CEO to prison.

Well, not exactly. Breaking? Sure, that's serious offence. Bending it? Happens all the time. Of course in this particular case situation is slightly different.

That said, I have no clue what the Google shareholders have ordered the Google board and CEO to do, I just want to point out that "corporation" does not necessarily equals "we'll do anything if we profit from it".

Well, you guess is as good as mine but you should remember that over 50% of votes belong to just two shareholders: Brin and Page. This will not be true forever, obviously, but for a few more years it'll be very hard to convince shareholders to abandon Google's core mission.


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