Google Privacy Breach Timeline

July 5, 2020 - Published by

I recently came across a fantastic post highlighting a lot of Google’s controversial practices and incidents regarding user privacy since 2004, and would highly recommend you give it a read.

Ironically, the website hosting this article tries to run proprietary Google JavaScript code in your browser, so I would suggest proceeding with a browser extension such as NoScript or LibreJS in order to block this, as you don’t need to load it to read the content.

Here is the article: https://www.cupwire.com/google-timeline/

Some of my favourite bits from the article:

“Google employees listen to customers’ audio recordings on Google Home smart speakers, the technology giant has admitted.”

“In early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update — users could now enable its virtual assistant technology, Google Assistant. The problem: Nest users didn’t know a microphone even existed on their security device to begin with.”

“Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.”

“Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.’s Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked.”

Take action – DeGoogle yourself! – Check out this lemmy community for more info on removing Google from your life. Another great resource is PrivacyTools.io, and if you want to help remove Google from FOSS projects, I recommend you check out Project ReverseEagle.

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This post was written by Karl Swanepoel