For anyone who has ever questioned, "What does Google know about me?" this may be the answer you've been looking for. It's no secret that the tech giant has been collecting info on users since day one, but what kind of info and how much? The scary part is, it's not just Google that we have to be worried about.
Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and others, have eyes on you as well and their vision comes with superior zoom and auto-focus. Every bit of personal data you can possibly think of has been collected and sold at one point and there's no end in sight.
Thankfully F-Secure has introduced a free online portal, F-Secure Data Discovery Portal. Here's everything those big tech companies have on you and how they've obtained it.
What does the big six have on you?
For starters, each service has your phone number and email address. It would be nice to tell you that's all they have, but unfortunately, that's not the case. The truth is they know that and a lot more. Personal data collection varies, with some companies memorizing your voice and facial features as well.
Unlike the rest, Twitter doesn't keep names, genders, or birth dates, but they do know which device you use, the messages you send from those devices and the time zone you're in.
Google and Microsoft are heavy hitters when it comes to data collection. With Gmail acting as the eyes and Cortana as the ears, you can imagine the uncomfortable amount of access they have been given to your various forms of data.
Facebook operates by collecting more focused and detailed demographic data. Even though they've been called out for selling info and endangering their users, they continue to mine your race, religion, income, location, education and politics. This is the data that can be exploited by numerous advertisers and others.
Surprisingly enough, Apple is actually not as concerned with collecting user's info as you may think. They'll track certain metadata connected to messaging and more, but for the most part, Apple is pretty chill.
The same can't be said for Amazon on the other hand. Since they act similar to a search engine, Amazon knows quite a bit based on what you purchase and what you click on.
F-Secure's Data Discovery Portal
Recently, F-Secure released a free new online tool in order to help reveal how the world's most popular web services have taken hold of users' private personal information and sold it to the highest bidder.
The F-Secure Data Discovery Portal shines a light on the big six and works by directing users to the hidden resources provided by each giant, in order for them to securely review their data. F-Secure was compelled to create the portal to make it easier for users to keep an eye on their own personal data and privacy.
The portal is a one-stop-shop for reviewing the data that's been shared with various online platforms. F-secure has stated that they are offering the tool as part of their increased focus on identity protection protocols that shields users before, during and after a breach. Erika Koivunen, F-Secure's Chief Information Security Officer, stated:
"While consumers effectively volunteer this information, they should know the privacy and security implications of building accounts that hold more potential insight into our identities than we could possibly share with our family. All of that information could be available to a hacker through a breach or account takeover."
See all the data tech giants have on you here, F-Secure Data Discovery Portal.
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