Police routinely ask Google to provide information about all phones within a neighborhood of a crime. This has resulted, in at least one example, of an innocent man arrested for murder. While released a week later, he was fired from his job – even though he was 100% innocent. Further, from the linked news article, Google retrains location information for potentially forever – we already know that Google collects location data even when you disable Location services.
Amazon staff listen to Alexa recorded audio but only an “extremely small number of interactions from a random set of customers”.
Facebook’s business is spying on people. Even if you do not have a Facebook app installed on your device, they still collect data via third-party apps.
Facebook loses all access to its own internal iOS apps after Apple revokes Facebook’s developer enterprise certificate for having violated Apple’s terms of service, using the certificate to install a market research (in this case, spying/privacy violating) app on research participants’ devices.
Facebook routinely spies on and collects detailed information from Android apps, even on people who do not have a Facebook account. The level of detail of the information collected is trace-able to individuals. About 90% of Android apps contain Google trackers.
262 web trackers on a single page?
Facebook, in spite of all its
public lies public comments about privacy, was giving away our personal data including access to private messages to big tech companies like Bing, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, and Yahoo.
For a company built on “friends”, Facebook is not a nice company. They’ve operated the largest invasive spying operation in history scooping up everything from users and then re-selling their insights to whoever would pay.
School-issued computing devices such as tablets and notebook-like computers are used to collect personal information, especially by corporate vendors, which can be used to create a dossier or enhance an existing dossier on students, for use in marketing.
I bought two external Seagate hard drives. Seagate wants me to “register” my product (the sole purpose of which is to gather information about me). You are presented several items to which you are to agree – but you have to click through a few levels to discover that they will attempt to collect the following information about you: “Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable individual. We collect the following types…
Log in to Instagram in a browser. Click on your profile icon at upper right. Click on the round, slightly gear shaped icon next to your channel name and “Edit Profile” button. Click on Privacy and Security option on the pop up menu. Page down and click on View Account Data. Here you can see that they record – forever – any current and former phone numbers and email addresses you have provided. They also record – forever – any…
Facebook uses your security questions and security data such as your two-factor authentication phone number as yet another way to scoop up data about you, including using the phone number to link you to data stored in friend’s contact lists, over which you have no control.
Google’s proposed search system for users in China would track all of their search inquiries and make that data available to government inspectors.
Google has access to 70% of U.S. credit card and debit card purchase data. They use this to link offline sales to online advertising.