Google is a Not a Benevolent Custodian of our Data

Google and Facebook are advertising and data harvesting companies. When we use these “utilities” we are giving them root access to our data. There are no rules or laws that truly protect our privacy in such a world.

When Google tracks your location or gives your mobile data to scientists, it doesn’t ask for your permission. When Facebook handed over your data to its partners and other tech companies, you weren’t informed.

In this brave new world of the pandemic, Google is now publishing coronavirus mobility reports, feeding off users’ location history. It’s really not okay. Black lives matter, yes, and so does our data matter.

Google faces a proposed class action lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of invading people’s privacy and tracking internet use, even when browsers are set to “private” mode! Google has ways of tracking your location without your permission that they don’t tell you about.

In the America we live in, privacy does not exist from companies like Google and Facebook, because Google tracks and collects consumer browsing history and other web activity data no matter what safeguards consumers undertake to protect their data privacy.

The search giant surreptitiously collects data through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, website plug-ins and other applications, including mobile apps, according to the recent complaint (latest lawsuit). Google is not known for good ethics in AI or privacy and their advertising prowess is built on this deception.

Google thinks it’s being useful sharing our data trends about the Great Shutdown. Google’s location mobility reports for various countries is actually scary.

Google learn about users’ friends, hobbies, favorite foods, shopping habits, and even the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing things” they search for online, for profit. Google also invades your privacy in its Gmail and related services.

That’s what they call “advertising” in the era of surveillance capitalism companies like Google and Facebook started that culminates in the data police state later in the 21st century as pioneered already by China.

It’s sad really, when our top talent work for companies like Google that don’t protect human rights and the future of privacy and data justice. Google cannot continue to engage in the covert and unauthorized data collection from virtually every American with a computer or phone.

It’s just so manipulative while providing us with such an essential service as search. We think of Google as a utility, but it’s profiteering from our data and location without our permission.

Google’s rise to power has seen incredible abuse of anti-trust and anti-competitive practices like pushing their own products on Android and Google’s own search rankings. Google is fined on a regular basis in Europe, and for privacy violations.

Few companies so far in the 21st century have abused their position of ubiquitous power like Google and Facebook have. However the fines Google and Facebook receive are like small change to them. There’s no real guidelines, proper laws and oversight for these companies.

Google Chrome, Android and Google search are like magnets for your data, and Google doesn’t care that you don’t want them to know your location. That is, in the future of privacy, just plain wrong.

However, companies like Google and Facebook have made China’s surveillance state with AI possible and appearing justifiable. Big brother is here to stay. Google was the beginning of the totalitarian data state.

Amazon, Facebook and Google face significant antitrust risk before and after the 2020 election. But with powerful lobbyists, it will be a case of too little too late in the U.S., where social justice is failing in the technological age.

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