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Is Google Spying On You?


When I think about how much Google could know about me. It terrifies me.

- they know my emails (what i'm buying, what jobs I'm applying to etc).
- what i watch on youtube.
- where i go (google maps). I have my google maps location turned on so it basically tracks everywhere I go. It sounds really stalkery, but one time when I got blackout drunk it helped me work out what happened to me, so because of that I don't want to turn it off.
- they know all about my search history and literally everything that i look at online.

It scares me that one institution could know so much about me! Am I being super paranoid?

Now.... I could switch to Yahoo emails or use Bing or whatever....but that feels like too much effort to me. Idk if I'm being super paraniod about it, so just wanted other peoples thoughts.

I guess I should turn the location thing off as I don't plan on getting drunk anymore.


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I don't think you're being paranoid. I know someone who's been to their offices and the staff there were boasting how they could track people. It's quite terrifying, really.

I've moved on from Gmail at least 10 years ago and I don't use a smartphone, but I still check Google Maps sometimes. It always gives me that eerie feeling of being watched.

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It scares me that one institution could know so much about me! Am I being super paranoid?

No, I don't think so -- and there is no shortage of people out there who feel just as you do. It skeeves me out if one individual knows too much about me, let alone an enormous tech conglomerate. I've switched to using DuckDuckGo, as apparently they don't track you or hoard your info like Google. Also, you might consider Protonmail instead of Gmail.
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Probably to a degree, but what the vast majority would be doing online is roughly the same, unless you were doing something highly illegal, they're probably more interested in trends than individuals.

I leave the location on because I sometimes need Google maps for my job.






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Of course they are.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...e-him-n1151761

Not that it's just Google lots of companies are collecting data and spying on people.

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Nah, they're definitely spying. Many times I've talked about something out loud (not run a search, mind you. Just spoken about it out loud) and then saw an ad on facebook for what I was talking about. It's spooky. I don't like my Husband having a google home either, but I can't make him get rid of it.
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Probably to a degree, but what the vast majority would be doing online is roughly the same, unless you were doing something highly illegal, they're probably more interested in trends than individuals.
This.

I'm not worried as long as they're not looking at me on a cam or I'm not doing anything illegal. Sometimes, I look up mundane things or cool things I'm interested in. It is weird that they can track you but I'm looking up normal things online anyways so it doesn't bother me. Especially since they have pretty much everyones' information, it makes it less scary and makes me feel like less of a target. I also don't think them knowing my location is a big deal if they're not going to come to my door and take me to jail. I still feel it's an invasion of privacy but as I was saying, I feel like less of a target. I might as well not worry about it.
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Probably depends on what you mean by "spying". If you mean is some creep sitting there watching everything you do and getting some weird voyeuristic thrill out of it, I highly doubt that. Are they harvesting every drop of data they can get for financial gain? My guess would be absolutely. But Google would not be alone in that. Just about all of them are harvesting data for financial gain.

Does it bother me? Yeah, but what can you do? I pretty much gave up on thinking about how to protect myself from that sort of thing years ago. At the end of the day if some massive corporation that employs a bunch of geeks who dream computer code wants to spy on you, they can and they will. Nothing can stop them if they want to do it bad enough. I'm not going to waste my time pointlessly trying to stop them.

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When I think about how much Google could know about me. It terrifies me.

- they know my emails (what i'm buying, what jobs I'm applying to etc).
- what i watch on youtube.
- where i go (google maps). I have my google maps location turned on so it basically tracks everywhere I go. It sounds really stalkery, but one time when I got blackout drunk it helped me work out what happened to me, so because of that I don't want to turn it off.
- they know all about my search history and literally everything that i look at online.

It scares me that one institution could know so much about me! Am I being super paranoid?

Now.... I could switch to Yahoo emails or use Bing or whatever....but that feels like too much effort to me. Idk if I'm being super paraniod about it, so just wanted other peoples thoughts.

I guess I should turn the location thing off as I don't plan on getting drunk anymore.
Google sells this info to other people, and that is how they get most of their money.

I think internet tracking should be illegal though.
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I doubt most people here have as much to worry about as I do. I'm probably already on a govt watchlist of some sort, since I write erotica and study human sexuality and look up all sorts of unsavory things when I'm doing research. I say hi to whoever's monitoring my activities from time to time but worry about it practically not at all. If they have nothing better to do than bust people for writing porn, or look at my porn history, I'd say their resources could probably be used a little more efficiently. And I'll be sure to tell them that at the obscenity trial. I mostly find having everything tracked and recorded annoying.

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Nah, they're definitely spying. Many times I've talked about something out loud (not run a search, mind you. Just spoken about it out loud) and then saw an ad on facebook for what I was talking about. It's spooky. I don't like my Husband having a google home either, but I can't make him get rid of it.
See if he can get one that isn't connected to the internet
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Everything tracks you. There's a lot of money to be made in big data, why wouldn't they

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Even governmental service agencies have admitted to selling personal data for profit without permission.

The truth is strictly what the ones in power perceives it to be.

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Yes, they do. And not only they. If you use Windows 10 especially, they do spy on you too. Every big company spies on you. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. Some are just more secretive about it while others admit it and are even proud of it. We live in cyberpunk cept its aesthetics: hight tech low life. Like everything IRL same in web everything is being corporatized, with almost no alternatives left for ppl, cuz big ompanies bought everything. Its really sad how a media for free exchange for information (Internet) has become a tool for mass [corporate] surveilance.
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Undoubtedly. I buy a Samsung tablet, set it up, BAM, Google is spying on me.

Google, and Facebook, and Amazon, and Microsoft, and Yahoo!...etc. etc. etc....I search for something on Google in Brave browser on my Android tablet, later I open up Edge browser on my Windows laptop and find Amazon targeted ads in my Yahoo! Mail, related to the search. I keep my Facebook info private, zero friends list, zero relatives connected to me, and still haven't figured out how they suggest that I "friend" relatives of mine with different last names, living in different states, yet somehow they know. It's all tied together. Cookies everywhere.

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Yes, they do. And not only they. If you use Windows 10 especially, they do spy on you too. Every big company spies on you. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. Some are just more secretive about it while others admit it and are even proud of it. We live in cyberpunk cept its aesthetics: hight tech low life. Like everything IRL same in web everything is being corporatized, with almost no alternatives left for ppl, cuz big ompanies bought everything. Its really sad how a media for free exchange for information (Internet) has become a tool for mass [corporate] surveilance.
The aesthetics are also there in some places.

















couple of those places I've been to, because they're in London.

Some people heard my words and thought it meant they knew me
Truth is, I don't exist, I'm just a soundtrack to your movie
Some background figure in a story that's already scripted
And what I feel's just felt for you to hear me ****ing spit it
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The aesthetics are also there in some places.
In some yeah, but generally we still dont run in trenchcoats XD

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Yes. It's how they make money.
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