It appears that in the modern age of the Internet, privacy is just not a possibility. You may think it’s a good idea to protect all of your data in Google Drive – all of your pictures, videos and sensitive documents – until you comprehend that you aren’t the only one who has access to them. Your data may be secure from everybody else but it is not safe from one tech giant: Google. Google Inc. spies on all of your cyber activities to judge you and form a profile of you to, maybe, “facilitate” your browsing experience. Bigoted? Maybe. But unfortunately for you, this tech giant is one that you just can’t do without. Your searching experience cannot be complete without google, for sure.
Here are only a few of the ways Google Inc. spies on your data without you ever knowing:
1- Email Accounts
The emails you give-and-take via your Gmail account are all simply accessible for Google. The revisions explicitly state that Google’s system scans the content of emails stored on Google’s servers as well as those being sent and received by any Google email account, a practice that has seen the search company face criticism from privacy action groups and lawsuits from the education sector. All users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing and that’s what google approved of doing. Your emails are not only exposed to you.
2- Search Terms
Google knows whatever you search for in Google search box. That’s immensely valuable information, not just for advertisers (which is why Google wants to collect it), but also — potentially — for hackers and identity thieves. It has a record of the times you’ve looked up hangover cures and searched weird symptoms to perform a self diagnosis. It knows that you looked up the address to the hospital to visit a loved one and it knows that you didn’t know the address to the funeral home a week later.
3- Websites Visited
So, in case you didn’t know let me tell you that google has got a complete record of the websites you’ve been visiting from day one. This is also not hidden from google.
4- Android Device
Your Android device is leaking all of your data to Google as you breathe. It is surely a gateway for google to know all about you. Google could be tracking and recording your every location on your Android device, and you may not even know it
5- Web Apps
Google judges you by the kind of web apps you use, for what purposes and for how long. So, yes, that’s also not limited to you only.
6- Mobile Apps
Like web apps, your mobile apps are helping Google form a profile about you based on the choices you make. Shortly, google is judging you by every possible means.
7- Social Media Accounts
Google checks out every activity of yours on all of your social media accounts – Google+, Facebook, Twitter, everything. Nothing you post, is out of sight of this tech giant i.e. Google.
8- Online Shopping History
Google also has information about everything you purchase online – and is “kind” enough to send you ads of similar products on each website you visit
9- Uploads and Downloads
You most probably use Google Chrome as a web browser. Here’s something to it as well. Everything you upload to or download from Google Chrome is within Google’s grip. Its not gonna spare you even from that. Simply put, there are very few corners of modern life that Google doesn’t touch.