At this point, Santa could have big Tech compile those naughty and nice lists… they know enough about you to do it anyway.
It’s almost enough to make you look up one of those tin-foil hat guys and apologize for calling them paranoid. Chances are, they’re off the grid anyway, so good luck even trying.
What these guys know about us — information that we have all-too-easily provided them — make Orwell’s dystopia look almost quaint by comparison.
Big tv on your wall, watching you? Guess again. It’s in your pocket, and you take it EVERYWHERE with you.
How much do they really know? The Guardian gave us a list:
Where Have You Been?
Google knows. They can track all the places you’ve been, by your Apple, Android, or Computer, and it can pop up on a map. You may have seen a story last year explaining how it knows where you go (specific addresses) and how you’ve gone there.
It can even differentiate work, home, and other places you travel.
You can see how far you travelled and the way you travelled from place to place, like walking, biking, driving, or public transportation. Whether your timeline measures distances in miles or kilometers is based on your country.
Want to find out what it has stored about you? Follow the steps, here.
Of course, there’s more.
Your entire search history. (Yes, even many you thought you deleted.)
Because it stores info across multiple devices, you could still have your ‘deleted’ history resident on some device you forgot all about. Which means it wasn’t deleted after all.
Look up (and manage) what they have about your searches, here.
Are you a cat person or a dog person. Outdoors-y or a homebody? Fitness buff, or couch potato? What are your politics and favorite movie genres? Hobbies? Whether you’re a white collar professional, a struggling student, or just a regular working stiff? It knows that, too.
They know a lot more than you think about that sort of thing. They’ve got an entire profile built up about you.
You can look at it here.
What OTHER treasure troves of YOUR information do they have, and where can you find it?
They know the APPS you use, how you use them, and with which other people… (check yours out here.)
Think you could name everything you’d ever seen on YouTube? You could ask Google to help with that, too.
Here’s a scary quote:
Manage to gain access to someone’s Google account? Perfect, you have a diary of everything that person has done
What do they mean? You can get the ENTIRE history they have on you in a mega-massive file, equivalent to millions of written pages.
Imagine THIS falling into the wrong hands:
You can see (and manage) that here.
And that’s not even getting into the FB side of things (see the Guardian article for the rest of this crazy mess.).
And they’re pointing a finger at Cambridge Analytica?
The real problem is bigger than that. Especially now that the FEDS have taken an interest.
by Doug Giles
Doug Giles, best-selling author of Raising Righteous And Rowdy Girls and Editor-In-Chief of the mega-blog, ClashDaily.com, has just penned a book he guarantees will kick hipster males into the rarefied air of masculinity. That is, if the man-child will put down his frappuccino; shut the hell up and listen and obey everything he instructs them to do in his timely and tornadic tome. Buy Now:The Effeminization Of The American Male
What makes America so different from other nations? Other nations are built around regimes or systems. But America was built from on ideas. From a blank slate.
Built on ideas that are DANGEROUS to tyrants.
That we have God-Given Rights, like Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Dangerous ideas. Like this one: the people, when threatened, have a God-Given right to stand up in defiance of any government that dares threaten any of those rights.
There’s a men’s version…
And a women’s version, too…
Because in America, the bros AND the ladies BOTH have a rich history of badass rowdiness.