is all the data Facebook and Google have on you
is all the data Facebook and Google have on you
to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your
information the likes of Facebook and Google store about
you without you even realising it.
– Dylan Curran
knows where you’ve been
stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every
time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where you’ve
been from the very first day you started using Google on
creates an advertisement profile based on your information,
including your location, gender, age, hobbies, career, interests,
relationship status, possible weight (need to lose 10lb in one day?)
stores information on every app and extension you use. They know how
often you use them, where you use them, and who you use them to
interact with. That means they know who you talk to on Facebook,
what countries are you speaking with, what time you go to sleep.
stores all of
your YouTube history, so they probably know whether you’re going to
be a parent soon, if you’re a conservative, if you’re a progressive,
if you’re Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, if you’re feeling depressed
or suicidal, if you’re anorexic …
data Google has on you can fill millions of Word documents
offers an option to download all of the data it stores about you.
I’ve requested to download it and the file is 5.5GB big,
which is roughly 3m Word documents.
link includes your bookmarks, emails, contacts, your Google Drive
files, all of the above information, your YouTube videos, the photos
you’ve taken on your phone, the businesses you’ve bought from, the
products you’ve bought through Google …
also have data from your calendar, your Google hangout sessions,
your location history, the music you listen to, the Google books
you’ve purchased, the Google groups you’re in, the websites you’ve
created, the phones you’ve owned, the pages you’ve shared, how many
steps you walk in a day …
stores everything from your stickers to your login location
also stores what it thinks you might be interested in based off
the things you’ve liked and what you and your friends talk about
(I apparently like the topic “girl”).
pointlessly, they also store all the stickers you’ve ever sent on
Facebook (I have no idea why they do this. It’s just a joke at
also store every time you log in to Facebook, where you logged in
from, what time, and from what device.
they store all the applications you’ve ever had connected to your
Facebook account, so they can guess I’m interested in politics and
web and graphic design, that I was single between X and Y period
with the installation of Tinder, and I got a HTC phone in
note, if you have Windows 10 installed, this is a picture of just the
privacy options with 16 different sub-menus, which have all of the
options enabled by default when you install Windows 10)
can access your webcam and microphone
data they collect includes tracking where you are, what
applications you have installed, when you use them, what you use
them for, access to your webcam and microphone at any time, your
contacts, your emails, your calendar, your call history, the
messages you send and receive, the files you download, the games
you play, your photos and videos, your music, your search history,
your browsing history, even what radio stations you listen to.
are some of the different ways Google gets your data
got the Google Takeout document with all my information, and this
is a breakdown of all the different ways they get your
knows which events you attended, and when
my Google Calendar broken down, showing all the events I’ve ever
added, whether I actually attended them, and what time I attended
them at (this part is when I went for an interview for a marketing
job, and what time I arrived).
Google has information you deleted
is my Google Drive, which includes files I explicitly deleted
including my résumé, my monthly budget, and all the code, files
and websites I’ve ever made, and even my PGP private key, which I
deleted, that I use to encrypt emails.
can know your workout routine
is my Google Fit, which shows all of the steps I’ve ever taken,
any time I walked anywhere, and all the times I’ve recorded any
meditation/yoga/workouts I’ve done (I deleted this information and
revoked Google Fit’s permissions).
they have years’ worth of photos
is all the photos ever taken with my phone, broken down by year,
and includes metadata of when and where I took the photos.
has every email you ever sent
email I’ve ever sent, that’s been sent to me, including the ones I
deleted or were categorised as spam.
there is more
just do a short summary of what’s in the thousands of files I
received under my Google Activity.
every Google Ad I’ve ever viewed or clicked on, every app I’ve
ever launched or used and when I did it, every website I’ve ever
visited and what time I did it at, and every app I’ve ever
installed or searched for.
also have every image I’ve ever searched for and saved, every
location I’ve ever searched for or clicked on, every news article
I’ve ever searched for or read, and every
search I’ve made since 2009. And then finally, every
YouTube video I’ve ever searched for or viewed, since 2008.
information has millions of nefarious uses. You say you’re not a
terrorist. Then how come you were googling Isis? Work at Google
and you’re suspicious of your wife? Perfect, just look up her
location and search history for the last 10 years. Manage to gain
access to someone’s Google account? Perfect, you have a
chronological diary of everything that person has done for the
last 10 years.
is one of the craziest things about the modern age. We would never
let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our
homes or location trackers on us. But we just went ahead and did
it ourselves because – to hell with it! – I want to watch cute dog