@Ajz

"Google also handles billions of searches and YouTube plays daily, and has a billion active Gmail users, meaning it had access to most of the world’s emails. Some analysts estimate that 25% of all internet traffic in North America goes through Google’s servers. The company isn’t just connected to the internet, it is the internet."

@Ajz
From TFA: "Imagine if Philip Morris, Goldman Sachs or a military contractor like Lockheed Martin had this kind of access."

That's just it. As scary as this article may be to some people who have thought things like social media through, the article doesn't mention that, unless you use cash alone, the banks and credit card companies know exactly what you spend and with whom and for what.

Even cash - do you use 'loyalty' cards for points off/on?

Shops/telcos know you.

And they all share

@Ajz
But the tech giant IS both the state and the All seeing EYE. 4th Reich of hoogled

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