- 11-05-2014, 03:43 PM #26
Everyone that uses Google services has the option to turn on or off location tracking in the settings and on most if off will ask you to turn on the setting if needed to share with them.
While I am not surprised at some people getting upset about this, in reality Google is trying to make your life easier and faster by pushing nearby business related information to you, and yes they still make money by doing so. Some of the folks from the other platforms get worried about this and start the fear mongering at the drop of a hat. They want all the information and technology but worry that Google is stealing their data and selling it. They don't realize that Apple and Microsoft has been doing this to behind the scenes all along with Siri and Cortana. The difference is that Google was there first and has allowed it's users to opt out of what they want to when they want to. They have been hammered of late and have been pretty much upfront with what they are doing and still making it better.
Personally if I was that scared of all of this, I would never use a smart phone in the first place of anyone.
I used to be scared of them too, but decided to research this and see if it was something to worry about all the time, it's not provided I understand what I am doing and don't have my head up my backside when using it. To me that is the key to this, but most people don't care, or think before they do, and some of the fans of the other platforms use scare tactics to keep others from leaving.
Android isn't perfect for everyone, but it is getting better all the time, and for me it's a damn site better than the other alternatives. Google has their work set out ahead of them making it safer to use and has done a good job with it so far, and can understand why this all can be a little overwhelming to someone new to the platform. The world is a big place and can be scary if you have never been out of a walled garden all your life as some people are.
- 11-06-2014, 12:37 PM #27
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Re: What are your views in google and privacy?
The other point is this. Google is well known for collecting, mining and sharing the data off it's systems for target marketing and other purposes. It's been well publicized what Google does with it. So, naturally, people are going to target Google for their positions on privacy. The other phone carriers, etc. don't disclose what they do with their data, as much.. Only recently are we getting more reports on Verizon and what they collect and share. Maybe it's even worse than Google, maybe not. It's something we should all know before we use those carriers, assuming we have a choice (in some locations, you don't).
Anyway, I don't expect or even want 100% privacy. That might truly raise the suspicion of the "govt." Better to "blend in" with the crowd than to "stand out" in it. But I will fight for certain elements of privacy, especially those intent on trying to "market" to me based on my web browsing history.
That's just plain creepy....
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