A while back, not too long after the Edward Snowden revelations about what information the government is collecting on all of us came out, a plethora of apps appeared on the scene for those with XX chromosomes. The apps were a convenient way to track one’s body without having to use a chart or a real calendar.
Yeah, but that was just a bit too personal for the government, Google, Apple and all the rest to know. Right?
Well, as it turns out, those who spurned the personal devices for a paper calendar ended up being more secure in holding our private information than any of us could have guessed at the time. Each of us who use social media in all its forms, email, cell phones, etc., have no effective privacy. The platforms are collecting absolutely everything we do.
One reporter from The Guardian, Dylan Curran, decided to find out just how much Google and Facebook had on him.
Google offers an option to download all of the data it stores about you. I’ve requested to download it and the file is 5.5GB big, which is roughly 3m Word documents….
Click here to request your Google information: https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity
Facebook offers a similar option to download all your information. Mine was roughly 600MB, which is roughly 400,000 Word documents.
Click here to request your Facebook information: https://www.facebook.com/help/131112897028467
That’s a lot of info. What’s in that information? Every search made, emails sent and received, messages sent and received, phone calls, places visited if a device was on when visiting, and much more. All of this information is used to create a personalized advertising profile for each individual, and, potentially, a political profile as well.
Click here to see your ad profile: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated
More or less, in the age of social media, the platforms have become Big Brother.
This is one of the craziest things about the modern age. We would never let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our homes or location trackers on us. But we just went ahead and did it ourselves because – to hell with it! – I want to watch cute dog videos.
And this writer still likes to see vintage jewelry, shop for mineral makeup, and bargains at any number of outlets, and really, I don’t care who knows it.
For the rest of Dylan Curran’s eye-popping research, visit The Guardian.