February 19, 2013 by amerciagazette
As I was recently perusing the web for interesting things to contemplate, I came across something that questions the politics of social media, especially GOOGLE. I mean, we see , say and do Google every day. It has reached into our consciousness by becoming a verb! How many times a day do you say to someone, “oh, you should google that”? I know I do without thinking about it. Do I really mean you should google everything or should I say “you should research that”? The answer is obvious.
So I came across this webpage by Outlook.com, albeit through an ad, that really got me thinking. As I looked at each page I began to wonder, what information Google was collecting about me! I immediately started checking my Gmail accounts to see what was there. EEEK! Phew, nothing incriminating. But there were some personal emails that I not am thrilled to think about Google reading.
Now I am wondering what they are doing with this information and they are talking about ME! Outlook certainly brings some points to consider about what Google is doing:
- Go through the contents of your sent and received email messages to display targeted ads
- Go through the contents of your incoming email from other email services for the purpose of targeting ads
- Go through the contents of your entire inbox for the purpose of targeting ads
Have you thought about how this could ultimately affect you? It is almost like something out the Terminator movies where Skynet and the cyborgs gain access to all of your information and ultimately try to destroy the human race. (Okay, so I am a sci-fi fan!) But seriously, think about what Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has to say about your privacy –
I guess what I am getting at here is that we need to think about these things before they become an issue. Social Media is infringing on idvidual rights to privacy. So, what should we do about it? I would love to hear your suggestions!