Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It | WIRED
This is a real threat, and as the article states, very few Americans are worried about it. Yes, if our Government is doing something like China is doing that is considered bad by Americans at almost every level, yet Big Tech is going far further in invading your privacy than even the Chinese Government is, and we all seem to be okay with it. Lest I speak on too high a soap box, I too have fallen into the Google, Facebook, and Microsoft privacy trap far to much. Once that Google number is attached to your device or Google browser it is very hard to keep anything private. The Google number rounds up all your devices into a, for lack of a better term, file on you, one that expands every time you log onto another web site, or even do a google search. Lest you try and shun Google for this, Apple uses the same technology to track their users, as does Microsoft , Facebook, even your Health Care Providers. We are giving up our privacy at an every increasing speed. And unlike the US Government, these tech giants, sell this data in one form or another to the highest bidder. China is a pretty high bidder, and they use allowing access to their Citizens as one form of payment. Google and the rest of the tech giants actually will sell data to China before they would think of selling it, to our USA Government. Europe has tried to limit some of the privacy concerns, but all in all are pretty ineffective. Try this scenario out. You buy an android operated phone, to activate the phone you have to have a Google email account. This can start the tracking and gathering right there. So you make up another Google email address, this helps for a while, but while google tracks you they see you are emailing and or visiting the same web sites as your other gmail accounts do, so now they using AI only, no people involved, start to link these all together. At some point they are all merged into the same file on you. Now you buy and Apple phone, who also assigns a tracking number to you, but thankfully you are off the Google tracking system, but if you start to use the Google Chrome browser, you are assigned a Google number, and pretty soon both Google and Apple have expanded their files on you. For the most part these firms can not even stop doing it, it is embedded into their data systems, and grows and collects things on its own. And on and on it goes and grows. So back to the beginning of this, big tech, to get into the China market has to share a lot of information on their collection capability with them, which then leaves a lot open to hackers, and some of the best are in China, but that is a whole other story.