your data ever safe? Guess who’s more dangerous than Facebook!
weekend I was at the hospital to get my blood pressure checked when a
close friend, who had just arrived from Japan, invited me home. I went
to his apartment straight from the hospital, and after a long session
over the Saké he brought from Japan, we decided the hit the movie hall
to watch Avengers: Infinity War. After the movie, we had dinner from a
nearby Mexican Restaurant before heading back home.
reaching home, I was kind of spooked when Google (GOOGL) showed me on
my phone, the exact route I traveled that entire day on its Map
application. I felt like a criminal who is constantly being
Analytica scandal over Facebook (FB) data privacy issues is perhaps only
the tip of the iceberg. Google handles a much bigger cache of
information, right from your browsing preferences to the call history on
your android phone. According to reports, Google has data on each of its
users that could fill over 500,000 sheets!
reported market-beating results on Monday, has access to more hoard of
data that Facebook can’t collect. Google Analytics is probably the most
significant analytics platform in the world, used by a majority of the
gigantic corporates. The search giant tracks over 50 million sites and
gleans information of people, who do not even have an account with the
company, according toWall
Street Journal. Now compare that with Facebook, which has access
to data belonging to its users only.
Forget the case of
over a billion people who have Google accounts. The corporate knows more
about you than anyone else in the world. Another interesting fact is
that people often share more private information with Google — such a
health conditions or sexual orientation — things that are not often
explicitly shared on the social media.
The search giant tracks over 50
million sites and gleans information of people, who do not even have
an account with the company, according to Wall Street Journal. Now
compare that with Facebook, which has access to data belonging to
its users only.
deals directly with a large number of data brokers, which collect
information to create shadow profiles for the use of advertisers.
Incognito mode hardly helps here. A data breach on the part of Google
could end up as a much bigger disaster that eclipses the Facebook
Meanwhile, in the
light of the Facebook scandal, the Mountain View, California-based tech
giant had stated that it has strong policies in place, which are
constantly reviewed, to protect the large chunk of data it handles. It
has also said that sensitive information such as health, race and sexual
orientation are not used at all. Meanwhile, the company stayed short of
elaborating on any of the policies or review mechanisms it follows. Hell
yeah! Something is confidential at the end of the day!