Pointing Fingers at Facebook? Google Also Collects User Data on Very Large Scale. Are you aware of the fact that Google is continuously spying on you? Yes! That’s right, our favorite search engine has all the record of our activities, what have we done and what we like to do. The biggest search engine tracks our every move and sells our important and private data to the highest bidder.
Are you living in a safe world where your privacy is guaranteed? You better think twice
This news was revealed in an investigation done by The Mail on Sunday. According to it, Google has a comprehensive log of user’s browsing data, private chats and location history of the last 10 years. Imagine a company, you trust the most is keeping a record of all your activities and then selling it.
Are we living a safe life with privacy when all our private data is for sale?
The tech giant gathers all our information from the Gmail, its own search engine, maps, GPS system and the biggest streaming site, YouTube. Google also keeps a track of our login and log out times. Not only this, it spies our timings as to when and how we leave for work, transport used and where are we heading to.
Pointing Fingers at Facebook? Google Also Collects User Data on Very Large Scale
Why Google does it?
The leading browser uses all this information for the creation of advertising portfolios of the users, their interests. After that, the user’s screens are bombarded with ads and products/services, whether the user is on its mobile, laptop or desktop. The ad agencies to whom all the data is sold, know everything about our likes and dislikes.
Based on personalized data, ad companies show the public the products/services that may be of interest to them.
Majority of the public is aware that the product they see online is due to their search history but only a few are aware of this sinister act of spying that company is always doing.
So when are we getting mad at Google too as Google Also Collects User Data?
An ordinary Google user who is aware and uses all the services from the tech stalwart said that:
[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]“I work in technology and had no idea Google was harvesting this amount of information. What was particularly shocking as it had a record of websites I looked at while I was in Google’s private, incognito mode as well? It also had files I had deleted from Google’s cloud service, including an old CV, as well as every photo I had taken on my phone. It’s wrong to trust any entity that big with so much information. They’re just trying to make money, and at some point, someone is going to make a mistake.”[/box]
Another person infuriated with anger was of the view that Google should be banned completely.
[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]“How can they track and record our every move and not only this, they sell it to other companies for a hefty amount?”[/box]
Lord Ashdown, a former liberal Democrat, insisted that the US-based company should pay its users annually for gathering and selling their data. According to Lord Ashdown, “all my information collected is my property, so how could anyone else use it for their purposes?”
Google’s word on the whole scenario
After the breaking of this unbelievable news, a Google spokesperson had to say this in response to all these allegations:
[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]“The privacy and security of our users are of the utmost importance, which is why we have spent years making available tools like My Account so people can understand and control their Google data and make the privacy choices that are right for them. We encourage everyone to review My Account regularly, and 3.8 million people did in the UK in the last year. Your data makes things like Google Maps work better and more effectively, by helping to do things like recognizing traffic patterns and help you find the quickest way home.”[/box]
According to an estimate, about 2.8 percent of the world’s computer storage is used to keep the data of Google’s users who have exceeded three billion.
At a time when Mark Zuckerburg and Facebook are put under the hammer and lot of fingers are being pointed out after the rise of Cambridge Analytica scandal, how can anybody justify this heinous act of Google. Google Also Collects User Data and Google is doing what Facebook already did. But there is no one to question the largest search engine, knowing that it is doing everything on a much larger scale than the social media giant, Facebook.