Google / Alphabet wants all of your data about everything you do, everywhere you go, anything you think, everything you say. And they can sell or give their info to anyone. And as some say, any database is hackable.
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>How often, when a corporate baron has had absolute freedom to do whatever he wants, has he done exactly that? How often do the faceless, unaccountable minions, upper and lower levels, of corporations, do whatever it takes to further their careers?
In a word, always. The irony is that now with Google, Farcebook, et. al., the thought police don't even have to exert any effort. We do it for them.
Especially with "smart TVs", equipped with microphones and cameras to give you the convenience of voice command, face recognition, and gesture recognition -- and not so incidentally with abysmal "privacy" policies, whether honored or not. An open invitation to both government and corporate Big Brothers to bug your living room!
I'll take old-fashioned buttons on a remote control, thank you. And also on the TV itself, if I'm standing next to it.
(Reposting from Geek & Nerd Haven comments)
(Daily Kos, reporting and commenting on a Salon article)
"You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening....
The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself."
"Wall Street, not the government, is creating the surveillance state Orwell never dreamed of."
Haven't had a tv for 35 years, but smartphones and computers are scary enough. There was a really creepy and prophetic short story written by George Alec Effinger about this back in the 80s, but unfortunately I can't remember the title or what book it was in.
Another scary aspect of this is theocrats are among those who have the financial wherewithal to avail themselves of such technology and abuse it to their hearts' content.
What bothers me most is that as consumers we have absolutely no way of opting out of this intrusive data collection without completely giving up our desire to use technology. Sacrificing our personal information is the cost they demand and the price we pay to use these services. Declining participation only results in being shunned from using technology. For instance, downloaded apps demand access to photo galleries, contacts, linked accounts, browsing history, etc. Nothing is "sacred" or off-limits, no matter how personal or inconsequential that information is to the function of the app.
As Daniel pointed out somewhere recently, we users of Google, FB, et. al. aren't their clients, we're their product.
Windows 10 is just as bad but there are ways to turn lots of it off. I have Windows 10 on 2 of my computers and the built in "spy apps" are turned off. The trick is for Windows to give you the basic program free, then make you want to buy the other apps that work nicely but increase spy ability. People end up enjoying giving away their innermost secrets for free.
I've noticed that many companies and stores offer apps when you could just as well be using their websites!
My info's being in the hands of theocracy doesn't bother me. I'm 85, not an easily-impressed kid.
My info's being in the hands of business will result in more annoying advertising.
My info's being in the hands of government will make me a more active civil libertarian.
My info's being in the hands of a theocratic government frightens me.
I just took Google off my computer and am going with Safari.
Frank Zappa touched on this kind of thing a while ago.
"I'm The Slime"