Before the rise of Google, many people feared the rise of a mass surveillance state (Big Brother) Privacy laws like HIPAA, and DPPA, were passed to protect citizen’s privacy.
Everyone who owns a smartphone is now a source of data. Google knows where we work, shop, and who are friends are.
Every activity that we are involved with is being recorded by a search engine. This is very troubling for people who value privacy.
Our personal data is now used for marketing. Recently I started getting requests from Google asking me for information about every business that I had entered during the last two months. Google is watching me, watching all of us. I am not sure how comfortable I am with this invasion.
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I can easily assume that data gathered from a smartphone will be used to inform authorities of purchases, social gatherings, friends etc. I also predict that Insurance companies, as well as police departments, may be alerted when smartphone users break the speed limit.
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Keep in mind that if whatever you are doing is nobody’s business turn off your phone or leave it at home.Tags: Google
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