Tag Archives: Google

USA | Google and Apple’s Systems to Track you in Person: What the Media Isn’t Telling You

Google is in the news (again) for creepy surveillance practices.  Google, AP reported, is tracking your physical whereabouts even after you tell them to shut Location History off.  Now Bloomberg reports they bought data about Mastercard transactions to link online ads with in-store purchases.  These make for interesting stories, but the real story, not being discussed, is the online-physical advertising systems engineered by Google and Apple.

Gmail messages ‘read by human third parties’

Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers, not just machines.

People who have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unwittingly given human staff permission to read their messages.

USA | Google, Big Tech and the US War Machine in the Global South

The recent Facebook and Cambridge Analytica fiasco deepened public concern about the political power and allegiances of Big Tech corporations. Soon after the story went viral, 3,100 Google employees submitted a petition to Google CEO Sundar Pichai protesting Google’s involvement in a Pentagon program called “Project Maven”.