Need some new clothes and hate Google’s privacy policies? Well, Microsoft has you covered.
The “Scroogled” campaign, which Microsoft created about a year ago to bash Google, is moving from the web to t-shirts, coffee mugs and hoodies.
The products, available for purchase now in the “Scroogled Store,” offer a variety of designs and phrases all slamming Google. One includes the Chrome logo with the words “Keep calm while we steal your data,” below it. Another features a sleuth investigator, but with the head replaced by the Chrome logo and a “I’m Watching You,” tagline below.
“Do you use Google Search? Or Gmail? Or Google Chat?” the product description reads. “Then Google is watching you…all the time. Creepers gonna creep. This t-shirt tells the story. It’s 50% cotton, 50% polyester blend, pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage.”
The “Scroogled” campaign is Microsoft’s attempt to highlight Google’s handling of user data and placement of ads within email or search results, among other issues. The “Scroogled” website has individual pages set-up addressing Google’s privacy, spam, search engine, apps, email and shopping products.
“Millions of people have visited Scroogled.com and hundreds of thousands have signed the petitions to tell Google to stop violating their privacy,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post today. “Now, there’s a new way for people to express themselves and their misgivings about Google – with Scroogled gear from the brand new Scroogled Store.”
This is yet marks another chapter in the ongoing battle between the two tech kingpins. It would actually be hilarious to see Google will come out with its own clothing line, too. But the search engine giant has been relatively quiet in terms of responding to Microsoft’s claims in big ways.
Here are some of Microsoft’s other designs:
Description: “Google is the spider. Google services are the spider web. You’re the fly. You know what happens next.”Description: “Tired of being Scroogled? Then you’re in luck…this shirt has over 20 synonyms for how Google is taking advantage of you.”
This actually isn’t the first time Microsoft has done something like this. Back in 2004, they sold the “Million Dollar Mug,” in a promotion that poked fun at Oracle’s apparent high prices.