Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Richard B, who shares a link to this article from The Guardian highlighting the amount and type of personal data Google and Facebook collect on their users. While some readers may not be surprised, this could still be eye-opening to some.
The article includes sections highlighting the type of data collected, how you can view this data, and (when possible) how to halt collection and delete it. Here are some of the section headings:
- Google knows where you’ve been
- Google knows everything you’ve ever searched – and deleted
- Google has an advertisement profile of you
- Google knows all the apps you use
- Google has all of your YouTube history
- The data Google has on you can fill millions of Word documents
- Facebook has reams and reams of data on you, too
- Facebook stores everything from your stickers to your login location
- They can access your webcam and microphone
- Here are some of the different ways Google gets your data
- Google knows which events you attended, and when
- And Google has information you deleted
- Google can know your workout routine
- And they have years’ worth of photos
- Google has every email you ever sent
- And there is more
Very interesting article and well worth the read. Click here to view.
This is also a nice reminder of why over-the-air radio is so appealing in terms of privacy. It offers the best in anonymity–certainly a bonus for those living under repressive regimes.