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  •  No, google doesn't (2+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, DeadHead

    I guarantee they don't.

    Google has a bit of information about me, but not nearly as much as the Stasi would have. Google probably has more info than the Stasi would have about some people, but not everyone. And Google can't go get info from other companies.

    If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

    by AoT on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:18:26 PM PST

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    •  Google can link your mobile device to your email (1+ / 0-)
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      ... to where you visit and what you do online. They can build a picture of your interests and who you are communicating with.

      They have loads of information on you. Maybe not you, personally, depending on how much you use Google products and offerings, but they can build complete pictures of a person's interests and contacts. And never mind the addition of other social media tools that reveal information about user including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, among many.

      "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

      by Bob Johnson on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:25:48 PM PST

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      •  Actually, you can link those things (3+ / 0-)
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        Bob Johnson, Ray Pensador, DeadHead

        Google can't just do it.

        And you can stop those things from happening if you use the correct programs on your phone.

        https://guardianproject.info/

        If more of us used encryption it wouldn't be a problem. I was happy to find out that Dailykos will be implementing https coming up here sometime soonish.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:30:03 PM PST

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        •  Right. (2+ / 0-)
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          And how many people are aware of these protections? Most people think, "Hey, it's convenient!" and they take Google's (relentless) advice and link all of their various devices and services.

          Your awareness is not reflective of that of the average person.

          "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

          by Bob Johnson on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:33:00 PM PST

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          •  Correct, my awareness isn't (3+ / 0-)
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            Which is besides the point. The NSA is collecting shit tons of data. Yes, if someone uses google for everything then google will have a lot of information on them, just like if someone goes to the same tea shop every day. But google can't force other companies to give them information. The NSA can get information that I can't stop them from getting.

            If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

            by AoT on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:41:02 PM PST

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            •  No doubt. (1+ / 0-)
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              AoT

              But can Google get more information on you than the Stasi? I think it's possible that they can, especially with data mining technology.

              "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

              by Bob Johnson on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:50:50 PM PST

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              •  The might be able to (1+ / 0-)
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                if they decided to write the algorithms and all of that. More so if you've got google fiber. But as I've said many, many times. Google can't arrest you. The government can. Power in the hands of business is a threat, but it isn't the same threat as the government. It's fundamentally different.

                If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

                by AoT on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:53:54 PM PST

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