You are not Google’s customers you are the product they sell to their customers.
Internet experts have warned of a carefree attitude to online privacy, saying that most of our personal data is held by foreign companies which are not subject to laws or ethics.
Technology specialists, watchdogs, politicians, bloggers and others gathered for a major privacy forum, Think Big? Privacy in the Age of Big Data.
There is no way of telling who might be able to retrieve that information in the future as personal information stored overseas is not necessarily protected from use and disclosure.
A change had not occurred in the posting and collection of personal data online, Google knows more about what i am interested in than my family does, and its stored and search able. You are not Google’s customers, you are the product they sell to their customers.
The undiscerning attitude towards privacy on the internet could develop into one of this generation’s biggest regrets, the creation of data is the pollution problem of the information age, it’s like a new industrial age, and we are going to be judged by our children on why we failed to deal with it.
Most people care about their privacy, but many online companies made privacy agreements obscure and exhaustive, some panelists at the forum explained that many online companies compelled people to waive their privacy rights by installing a fear that they may be missing out on social interaction, law changes partially solved online threats to privacy and the public need to put pressure on software providers to meet privacy needs.
Microsoft’s corporate affairs manager said the privacy threat did not lie in Facebook or Twitter but in the third parties the information was sent to.
Before signing up online, people should research a business track record, about online companies privacy agreements, but they were often unreadable.