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Discover some terrifying things on Google today that you surely didn’t know!
The first terrifying thing on Google: She listens to us!
Yes, yes, this is pure reality! According to a survey carried out by Belgian media, it turned out that the messages spoken by the owners of voice assistants can be listened to by Google employees!
These messages are recorded automatically with “Google Home” or via the voice assistant on Smartphones. However, even those that have been inadvertently recorded can be overheard!
But what does Google say about this?
However, the firm admitted that it did listen, stating that only 0.2% of recordings are affected by hearing. The company also claims that it is because it wants to improve artificial intelligence if it is doing it.
Besides, it would be used to develop new technologies. Yes, but what about privacy? Can you imagine the user of a voice assistant sharing their privacy, for example? It would be shocking, of course.
But according to Google and some experts, it is not the content of the message that interests the web company, but rather the way the news is said.
Moreover, only language specialists would have access to these recordings. And they would be “only” a few thousand across the world!
Google knows exactly where you are!
A few years ago, wherever you went, Google knew precisely where you were! Please do not believe that the web giant made its users wear cameras without their knowledge, no, far from it! Instead, it is thanks to another tool: your positioning.
It is straightforward! Your positions’ history was sent using the operators’ relay antennas, using the so-called “triangulation” technique.
It was enough to have at least three antennas!
And it was possible, even with the GPS of your Smartphone disabled! You didn’t know. However, even doing a few maneuvers supposed to turn off your location history, well, that wouldn’t have prevented your carrier from knowing where you were.
Your IP address and the cellular network, of course, is responsible for this! But why do you think Google was having fun collecting this information on the positioning of its users?
According to the California firm, this data was used to increase the speed of messages, make them more efficient and improve their delivery. Interesting … But Google finally announced that the collection of this information stopped at the end of November 2017.
The secret on Google: Using Hidden Web Pages
One of the things you probably don’t know about Google is that the company has been accused of unwittingly stalking internet users online using hidden web pages.
But how exactly? Well, it’s thanks to the personal data of users! These hidden pages would make it possible to collect their various data. And the latter would then be used for advertising, in particular for targeted advertising.
This is not necessarily a bad thing!
Thanks to this, thousands of businesses can get an idea of the searches made by Internet users! And from there, have private information about them. Quite simply! In exchange for free products and services from Google, you agree that your data will be transmitted to the company.
One of Google’s competitors made this discovery after some research conducted on “Authorized Buyers,” a Google advertising platform. But according to Google, personalized ads are not sent without users’ consent. Well. What to say about all this?
Collect personal health records
Here is another case in which Google was accused of obtaining personal data from Internet users. And not just any!
The medical data of millions of American patients across 21 states were collected by Google and one of its partners, the second-largest healthcare system in the United States.
Project Nightingale: Google’s secret.
But Google does not hide it and even gives a name to this case, now known as “Project Nightingale.” This program would include a lot of information such as patient names and dates of birth, medical diagnoses, lab results, and much more.
But Google and its partner believe this is standard practice. Not only that, but American hospitals have the right to share patient medical data with their partners! Even without their consent, according to a 1996 law.
An utterly legal initiative, therefore! Yes, except that the “Nightingale Project” came about without knowing patients and their doctors.