Google knows where you’ve been.
Google knows everything you’ve ever searched – and deleted.
Google knows all the apps you use.
Google has all of your YouTube history.
The data Google has on you can fill millions of Word documents.
Facebook has reams and reams of data on you, too.
Facebook stores everything from your stickers to your login location.
They can access your webcam and microphone.
Google knows which events you attended, and when.
And Google has information you deleted.
Google can know your workout routine.
And they have years’ worth of photos.
Google has every email you ever sent.



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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 23 weeks ago

For more on the subject (for those who still read):


"How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds": sources | ROUGH TYPE

I draw on several studies in my Wall Street Journal essay "How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds." Here are citations and links for anyone who would like to ...

The fact can no longer be avoided: You are your phone. The pattern of smartphone use is the pattern of the self. This is who you are: The Wall Street ...[UNQUOTE]

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gumball 1 year 23 weeks ago

Even when you put it in "airplane" mode it will still utilize GPS to track your movements and then update it when connected.

It can be very useful at times but the big brother aspects of it does give me pause. Not enough to stop using it though.

Legend 1 year 21 weeks ago

People in other countries are cutting sevice with their providers, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T etc. They use Whatsapp for phone and texting. Have to be on WIFI to do it but Countries like South Korea you are virtually almost always on WIFI.

rs allen 1 year 20 weeks ago

Enough said.

Throw the damn thing away, it does more harm than good.

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zapdam. 1 year 20 weeks ago

GET SMART buy yourself a basic old fashioned FLIP PHONE and learn to memorize the numbers you frequently call, store no personal pictures or information on it, that'll short circuit googles or iPhones attempts to steal your personal information. Old Blackberry's work, any Blackberry that predates the 9900 model, because ANDROID makes no attempt to keep them up to date by installing software.

KEEP your SMART DEVICE totally separate from your cell phone requirements and place NOTHING on you smart device, but use it to search the web , using and listen to your favorite podcasts , perhaps blog , beyond that keep it as sterile as possible of any personal identifiable information. Block all requests to share your information and phones operation. Turn off location services. If your smart requires an email to set up, create an email that you use for nothing else. If the phone requires a phone number, confirm you exist, go buy yourself a 7/11 SIM CARD and top up time thats good for 365 days and activate using a faux identity. Perhaps once every six months WIPE your smart device and create a new FAUX identity.

Legend 1 year 20 weeks ago

If people are getting info off of my cell phone they have to be horribly bored.

rs allen 1 year 19 weeks ago

Artifical intelligence has nothing else to do Legend."They' do not get bored.

From Chris Wright's essay.

"Since the 1990s, of course, electronic media have exploded to the point of utterly dominating our lives. For example, 65 percent of U.S. households include someone who plays video games regularly. Over three-quarters of Americans own a smartphone, which, from anecdotal observation, we know tends to occupy an immense portion of their time. The same proportion has broadband internet service at home, and 70 percent of Americans use social media. As an arch-traditionalist, I look askance at all this newfangled electronic technology (even as I use it constantly). It seems to me that electronic mediation of human relationships, and of life itself, is inherently alienating and destructive, insofar as it atomizes or isolates. There’s something anti-humanistic about having one’s life be determined by algorithms (algorithms invented and deployed, in many cases, by private corporations). And the effects on mental functioning are by no means benign: studies have confirmed the obvious, that “the internet may give you an addict’s brain,” “you may feel more lonely and jealous,” and “memory problems may be more likely” (apparently because of information overload). Such problems manifest a passive and isolated mode of experience." Unquote

Full text here: Our Passive Society.

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