Google harvests 10 TIMES as much data as Facebook, how much of your data do they have?
Millions of Facebook users were up in arms recently as it was revealed that their personal data was breached.
Most Facebook users had no idea how their personal information was being used, despite clicking ‘I agree’ next to the terms and conditions.
The rise of social media has blurred the lines of what we think of as ‘private’ and ‘public’ information now. Many people share the innermost details of their lives online to people they hardly know.
While Facebook is in the spotlight however, it has now been revealed that Google has beaten them at their own game.
Google are thought to harvest up to 10 times more data than Facebook, but has gotten away with this years without anyone noticing – until now.
Once the friendly face of helpful search engines, Google is now an online empire in its own right, having taken over various other companies.
The vast majority of people use Google search engines to surf the web. Each and every time you type something into your search bar, Google has been watching.
Web developer Dylan Curran says how he managed to access his Google file and was shocked at what he found. Little be-known to many users, they can access the information that Google has stored on them.
In 2015, they began offering a glimpse into your stored online data in an app called “My Account.” However, many users are unaware of this function and many have never used it.
Curran used the app to download the data that Google had stored on him. He found that Google had 5.5GB of stored data on him, which was 10 times the amount that Facebook had.
This makes sense, as while many people use Facebook every day, Google is still the place on their laptop or mobile where they do most of their web browsing. Curran says that the data Google had stored on him went back to internet searches over a decade ago.
Like Facebook, we all use Google everyday, for free. What benefit are they getting out of it? They provide some amazing free services like Google Maps, and their free email service, Gmail.
“If other users already have your email, or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible Google Profile information, such as your name and photo.”
Using this link you can download Google’s data hoard to see what they have on you.
How many of you read the small print?
Via The Anti Media