OK so we all heard about naughty Facebook spying on you. And now we hear Google/Android is spying on you much more than Facebook. I love Google and I love Android OS, but hang on, everything you search, visit, click, download, watch etc is logged by Google. And it's really your fault because you didn't go over all your privacy settings. If you knew how.
Well the other day I found this story on USA Today and this led me to the right area of my Google account where I was able to grab all the stuff collected about me. Nearly 3 GB of stuff downloaded. And then I carefully blocked all the stuff I don't want Google to log on my computer and on my Android device.
OK wait for it, here's the most stunning part: being privacy obsessed, I always make sure that GPS and location is turned off on my mobile. In the 18 months since I got my current phone I might have had GPS or location turned on a total of 15 days. No more. Yet Google has logged my location thousands of time. The downloaded data shows me everywhere I've been. What date, what time, what was at the location? Click it and I can see the Street View pics of the places. Everything is logged!
That's not all folks: My mike on the phone was switched on seemingly at random times and audio was recorded. Most of it just noises, like me clunking the dishes, getting into the car and starting the engine etc. But why? How? I didn't ask my phone to keep monitoring me.
Did you? Imagine the field day warring partners can have accessing each other's Google data. Many boys and girls know each other's passwords. They'll get the download and presto, all the incriminating evidence is there! "hey honey, what were you doing the other day at..."
You gotta love Google. Or not.