Newly unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google reveal that the company’s own executives and engineers knew just how difficult the company had made it for smartphone users to keep their location data private.
Google continued collecting location data even when users turned off various location-sharing settings, made popular privacy settings harder to find, and even pressured LG and other phone makers into hiding settings precisely because users liked them, according to the documents.
The cold and harsh truth is that these companies can pretty much get away with anything. In fact, hordes of people will crawl out of the woodwork to defend this kind of behaviour, all in the name of greed and wealth that they themselves never see anything of anyway, since it disappears into the pockets of a small number of billionaires, trickling down only as far as the drip after the last shake makes it to their shoe.
I watched a Youtube on superyachts the other day. They’re nice and I wouldn’t say no to one but a lot of the people interviewed on camera seemed like total jerks to me. It’s easy to judge. Loads of money would probably make anyone go funny in the head. What gets me isn’t so much that but the total squeeze they and their ilk put on everyone else. Then there’s the influence their greed and sharp practice has on some peoples minds and the way it becomes normalised. That’s the worst of it.
This keeps coming up every couple of years, but nothing ever really changes, nor do I expect it to change this time.
Corporate abuse like this makes me want to avoid google, and on the other side we’ve got apple abusing it’s power too, only different types of abuse. It’s loose-loose either way 🙁
I opted for a micro-g build of lineageos to avoid google’s spyware. I was happy with it except my job uses watchguard VPN, who’s idiot developers decided to hard-code authentication around google play services. As much as I pleaded my case, I lost that battle and was required to use a google spy phone for work. This is why the market is broken, it’s at best the illusion of choice, but not real choice. These non-competitive market conditions are a major source of grief for me. Boybotting these companies is a struggle in futility for myself. How can I expect anyone else to do it? Argh!