Google and Facebook Stealing Information (Databases make it easy for…
Google and Facebook Stealing Information
According to one study, one fifth of the amount of time Americans spend on their smartphones is spent on Facebook.
One in every six people in the world have a facebook account.
Cambridge Analytical Election Example
Cambridge Analytical harvested information from over 50 million Facebook accounts and a whistleblower (someone who informs the authority of an illicit/illegal event) even told of how they took this information starting in 2014 to build an automated system that could profile individual voters to target them with personalised ads to change their viewpoint.
Cambridge Analytical was, at the time, run by one of Donald Trump's key advisor and The Guardian found that President Trump's Campaign paid an estimate of $5 million for their services in September alone. Cambridge Analytical also had ties to several other elections in the United States and the UK including Brexit.
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However, there is no information on whether these targeted wins had any effect on the elections.
What is happening
Facebook is partners with Datalogix, a company that keeps tabs on all of your purchases (as long as they are somehow tied to your identity). And this allows them to determine whether their campaign is effective or not so that they can target users that are particularly succeptable.
Many facebook products are now not even linked to the brand name as they are working mostly on seemingly independent apps such as Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.
According to Google's own Q1 report for 2012, Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora stated that Google Analytics is used by more than 10 million sites and a study by Internet surveying company W3 found that more than half of the top 10,000 websites use their services and Google Chrome is even worse.
Not to mention how Google's own tool stated that google.com was a "partially dangerous" website because "attackers might try to trick you to download software or steal your information"
Databases make it easy for hackers
In one year, Google found 1.9 billion usernames and passwords in the dark net and, with prolonged research, found 3.3 billion in later years.
It is much easier to hack a database where thousands of people's personal information is stored rather than individual sites.
It turns out that it isn't even that hard to hack these databases and people without any malicious hacking experience could find all they need on hacker forums.
Even if large parent companies have high security, hackers can get into their network via smaller child companies that lack the resources to invest in online protection.
And these hackers rarely get caught due to proxy servers and cross-border deals.
Even if you are not signed in, Google can still access your IP address, what device you are using, what ads you click on and where you are in the world.