Today, I was texting with my Selo Oils business partner. We were brainstorming some ideas about getting into some retail stores in parts of Canada.
Here’s exactly how this conversation went down:
About 30 seconds after this part, I went to Google and began typing. I typed the words, “olive oil”, and Google then populated the rest of my search with…
“olive oil stores toronto”
That’s…well, pretty whack considering the situation at hand.
- I use an iPhone, which is made by Apple.
- I was using WhatsApp for these texts, which is owned by Facebook (and is supposed to be encrypted user-to-user).
- I was using the Google Chrome browser as well as the Google search engine itself on my phone, which is made by, duh, Google.
- I also don’t use the Google Keyboard, I use the default iOS one.
Should I continue?
Here’s a little flashback to the past, for those of you who have been around and reading since 2013…
Remember the first article I ever wrote at Return of Kings?
It was called “Privacy Is Completely Gone“. In it, I wrote:
Now, what are they going to do with all that? They are hoping to reveal any potential plots by monitoring all of this data and trying to pick things out.
Now, I have no knowledge of the likely incredibly complex algorithms and back-end programming that goes into sorting and sifting data. While I have no doubt that the data of mine that is being logged is highly encrypted and secure in the data center, it’s still bothersome that everything I do online is being monitored.
Why not just mandate a law that all users must have a keylogger installed on their computer, and, while we’re at it, how about I just send you a daily report of everything I’m doing. That would make things easier without needing a $1.5 billion data center, wouldn’t it?
Sure Seems Like These Companies Are In This Together…
I’m not an idiot.
I know Alexa devices are listening.
I know that Facebook serves you ads based off of where you check in to, and where you allow the GPS on your phone to track you.
I know that any smartphone device or camera can be used by the NSA should they deem it necessary.
But, and call me naive, before today I sort of thought that the big companies weren’t working together on this kind of stuff. I figured it was all kept for their own selfish profits. Google watches what you do and serves you ads based off that. So does Facebook. I thought Apple was a bit better (maybe not). Then though, my business partner pointed out to me that it’s all right out in the open:
Twitter is set to begin sharing its full stream of tweets with Google, CEO Dick Costolo announced during an earnings call on February 5. The stream, referred to as the “fire hose”, will provide the search engine with access to data from over 284 million users, according to a Bloomberg Business report.
Google currently crawls Twitter for updates relevant to search queries, but with over 6,000 tweets posted per minute, it is impossible for the search engine to to pull them all. This new deal gives Google direct access to the fire hose–their entire stream of tweets–which allows Google to index tweets right as they are posted.
We Brought This On Ourselves
In the name of convenience.
And countless other benefits, but as you can see, it’s come at a cost. This kind of data is insanely profitable. Heck, I run Facebook ads. I know how profitable they can be, done right. However, we’ve given up so many personal liberties for all this. You see these big companies cracking down on freedom of speech. I’ve had the hate mob sent after me on these platforms. They do what works for them, in their own selfish interests.
After all, that’s human nature.
Don’t kid yourself that humans are anything but selfish.
That’s a drug.
Your average computer user has given up all of their power in the name of convenience, but we don’t know what the real repercussions are…yet.