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In the wake of the Windows 10 privacy scare...

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Anyone remember these guys?

 

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They make 90% of their revenue off of... y'know, selling your personal information for ads. They're not the world's largest ad broker for no reason. They've also been confirmed to read your email in Gmail to display "relevant" ads based on a few key words in said email, track your Google Chrome activity, have poor COPPA compliance, keep any deleted emails from your Gmail account, have ties with the CIA and NSA, among other things. Next to Facebook they have one of the worst privacy records in the computing world.

 

Or how about these guys?
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They record everything you say to Siri and store it in a server. Everything.

 

Or how about Facebook? They have exceptionally poor privacy controls and - you guessed it - sell your personal information for ad revenue. I don't believe I need to go on about how terrible Facebook is like I did with Google, so I'll leave it at this.

 

And you might be asking, "What is the point of this?" My point is that Microsoft is not the only one invading your privacy, contrary to what the circlejerk says. And don't think you're safe from it because you're on Windows 7 - Windows 7 is included too. If you really care about privacy, just use Linux. Otherwise, keep using Windows or OS X or whatever. Also, keep in mind that the information that Microsoft collects and what they do with it has not been confirmed yet, unlike the cases of Google, Apple and Facebook. Don't jump to any conclusions. Go against the circlejerk!

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Never using Google again... Well, not really, but damn, that's kinda creepy! I do not want personal info being SOLD! I am not an item!

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Never using Google again... Well, not really, but damn, that's kinda creepy! I do not want personal info being SOLD! I am not an item!

Only problem with that is that nobody else has a search engine as good as Google does.

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Linux mah mayne! :D

 

But let's be serious for once. Everyone wants to know "about you." You'll find apps in the play store that are just games, but somehow... they require your camera, phone number, location... yadda. Everyone wants to know everything about you. You're popular.

 

But why should we care about privacy? Well, according to John Locke, Everyone has property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his.

 

But wait! We didn't make Google, Microsoft, or Apple, so what now? It's a conflict. They have every right to be accessing their programs, their machines, etc. But Google, etc. didn't write our documents, take photos, buy music, install programs, ect. At that point they have no right to snoop into our data... so this is where the line gets grey. 

 

At any rate, why be scared of your privacy? If you're not doing anything wrong, what's there to hide? Just my two cents.

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Linux mah mayne! :D

I'm actually a Windows user. Running Windows 10 on two PCs and 7 on another. I do have an IBM Thinkpad running Linux Mint, though. I use it occasionally.

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Well, It's not like I have anything to hide, so they can do what they want with that information.

The real question is, how can you have true privacy on a place as public as the internet?

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So glad I have Debian running on my machine :P

 

Ive always been a bit mindful about my privacy, especially when it comes to phone apps. A flashlight app shouldn't need to know your location, your contacts and your email account, it just needs to flicker a little light on. There are plenty of alternatives, and yet the top one in the android store was the one with the stupid number of permissions.

 

I don't have anything to hide, but I value my privacy because there are some things about me that I simply don't want to disclose. Big data analytics is freaking crazy, I've played around with that stuff a bit in my college program and the deductions you can make about people based on individual purchases and searches is frightfully awesome. I dare say it would make Sherlock Holmes himself jealous.

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If there was any chance of me ever getting a Facebook account, this probably erased that chance. I was never interested in social media anyways.

 

It's kind of disturbing to think that they sell your personal information but this in the Internet. Will you ever actually have true privacy? Kind of weird in my opinion. Also, Daring, I absolutely love your avatar.

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So glad I have Debian running on my machine :P

 

Ive always been a bit mindful about my privacy, especially when it comes to phone apps. A flashlight app shouldn't need to know your location, your contacts and your email account, it just needs to flicker a little light on. There are plenty of alternatives, and yet the top one in the android store was the one with the stupid number of permissions.

 

I don't have anything to hide, but I value my privacy because there are some things about me that I simply don't want to disclose. Big data analytics is freaking crazy, I've played around with that stuff a bit in my college program and the deductions you can make about people based on individual purchases and searches is frightfully awesome. I dare say it would make Sherlock Holmes himself jealous.

Phone apps are probably the worst when it comes to privacy invasions. Watch the permissions, people!

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