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.
New GMail accounts now require a phone number for registration.
A telco lobbyists sent a document to the wrong person, who has gone ahead and shared it with all. The telcos argue they’ve long supported privacy for their consumers – except, as the author of this linked article notes, that is not true at all and they have already admitted they view everything they can get.
Irish government seeks proposals from vendors for a system to monitor social media for “keywords”. Some think this proposal may violate EU privacy rules and might also be used to stifle political speech.
School districts are automatically scanning student social media, every day, looking for trouble. Students are not told about the monitoring system.
Google even analyzes the photos you take with your phone, including collecting data for facial recognition, and attempts to identify the emotions of those in the photos.
Google collects massive amounts of data about you, every day, 24 x 7, including when your phone is turned on but not in use. This post links to an academic paper on the data collected and how it is collected using Android and Chrome. Both products are designed and used to gather information about your interests and your life.
Google’s Android OS is specifically designed as a surveillance tool, to collect invasive and detailed personal information about all Android users, globally. Researchers show that an idle Android phone, left on, reports location data to Google 14 times per hour. If you use the phone, Google acquires even more data. Google also correlates your Android data with your web surfing using its advertising networks – even “anonymous” data is correlated with actual individuals.
Google admits they spy on you always – you cannot turn off Location History. Even if you turn it off, they still track you.
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Researchers have discovered that Android tracks your location even when Location Services is disabled on the menu. You cannot escape Google’s tracking – they constantly record your location and use that to target you with advertising and almost certainly to discern attributes about you.
Facebook wants a phone number tied to any page with a “large audience”. Once Facebook has your phone number, then can use that as a unique identifier to cross link the data they collect with data collected by third party data aggregators that collect information about your offline purchases and more.