It aggregates information and data ranging from internet habits and Gmails to Google chat conversations and home adressses.
In a satrical fake news piece, The Onion reported that Google issued an apology last week after alarmists cried out against the way it handles private data.
“Clearly there have been some privacy concerns as of late, and judging by some of the search terms we’ve seen, along with the tens of thousands of personal e-mail exchanges and Google Chat conversations we’ve carefully examined, it looks as though it might be a while before we regain your trust,” said Google CEO Eric Schmidt in the faux joke report.
But there still may be real concerns about internet privacy and Google’s analytic data mining.
For example, when the Federal government demands general data from Google about a person of interest and runs this data through secret algorithms they might find anomalies – like an excessive number of innocent searches for “Jihad.” This might prompt the Feds to request further information on the subject.
Who would want the Feds, or anyone for that matter, poring over his or her personal data or most recent Google searches?
In a similar vein, what if before taking a Civil Service Exam, the civil-servant wannabe is possessed (for whatever reason) to Google “Jihad” multiple times over a set number of days in a manner that would flag government data algorithms?
Well as part of a standard background check or vetting process the civil-servant wannabe might be flagged after Feds pour over his file sequestered from Google.
It seems nothing we do on our computers is secret in the Internet age…unless we do this: