If you watch the news, you may have noticed a growing concern for our privacy regarding technology. The revelation that the NSA has been collecting data from phone companies and internet service providers has put privacy on all our minds. Now Google Maps is tracking everywhere you go and highlighting it on a map. This map. All you need to do is log on with the same account you use on your phone, and a record of where you’ve been will flash across your screen like a map of a viral outbreak.
If the map alone isn’t frightening enough, consider that Google is now fighting a class action data-mining lawsuit. In a 39-page motion filed in June, the Web giant stated “Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [e-mail provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.'”
Google’s motion says that any information you willingly give them is their property, to do with as they please. If anything is certain, peoples personal information ins’t always so personal anymore.