It’s official, people do not trust Google anymore. Google is no longer on the list of the 20 most trusted companies due to privacy concerns. Facebook made the list after completely retooling their website to allow users more control of their profiles over the last year.
Google applications are “free” bacause they collect an ungodly amount of information about you by default. Hey, I understand that and use their applications extensively; GMail, Google Maps, Search. But I have gone deep into these applications to disable the most offensive tracking, most people haven’t.
I don’t think that Google is losing any sleep over not being trusted by the general public, since they still think they are going to take over the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if a Google electric car was in the works right now. But they probably still need to figure out how the car will report your real time telemetry and location via WiMax.