posted on Aug, 1 2010 @ 12:56 PM
There has always been allot of controversy over the amount of data the government are keeping on us and how the use of CCTV is creating a Big Brother
society. To some extent I do agree with this however I do feel there is a bigger threat to our privacy. That threat is the mighty internet giant
Firstly we have the humble Google search, Google knows everything you’re looking at according to some statistics 80% of us are using Google so that
means that Google could knows what up to 80% of us are looking at on the web. Every time you type in a search into Google they store it in their
massive servers and can identify what you’re looking at. This means that theoretically Google could target you with specific advertisements in order
to generate income. The European Union became so concerned about how much search information Google have on us that they forced Google to stop storing
such information for any longer than 9months.
Google faced criticism over there Google maps and Google earth software that allows anyone to have a look at your house or place of work. This
software also creates a new opportunity for criminals. One man confessed to using Google earth to have a look at church roofs to look for lead tiles
on their roofs, which he then stole. As if that was not intrusive enough Google street view allows for anybody with internet access to look right at
your front door, why would anybody want to look at a strangers house, what’s the point in it.
Google have also released an application for your mobile called latitude whereby if you sign up for it your friends and family can see where you are.
Ohhhh and so can Google.
Gmail and Google instant messaging service now also means that for users whom are using this services Google can now have a peek at what you talking
about. All your e-mails are also stroed in goggles huge servers this means that if they wanted to they could take a sneaky peek at what you’re
saying and any personal information stored within you e-mails.
Even your credit card details are not safe form goggles ever rooming eyes. Google offer a checkout service were by you give Google your credit card
details and when you next order form the internet it’s faster. But it also means they get to see your credit card details.
Google blogs, colander and docs also allow Google to have a look at what u have planed your opinions and possibly some sensitive documents about
So they know where you live, what you interested in, your credit card details, were you are, what your house looks like and who you are talking to.
People are saying that the government knows too much. This is the sort of stuff that intelligence agencies must dream off, all that information in one
place. But this isn’t the government that have this information it’s a company out to make profit they don’t care about you they care about
There are many other services that Google offer and all of these require you to give out personal information. I’m not saying that Google are going
to screw us all over what I am saying however is what would happen if someone managed to hack into goggles servers and find out anything they want to
know about you. Or what if in these tough economic times Goole decided that it would be more profitable for them to start specific advertisements in
order to generate income.
Here is another scenario for you, what if the government start snooping into what Google is storing on you. Or what if Google were using all this
information they have on you to gather it all into one place, were they can just look you up in their huge servers and take any information they want
about you and use it as they please. After all as we on ATS all know too well, Knowledge is power.