Every little step you take… Google has tracked it… No really this is chilling

Forget the NSA, the data we are allowing private companies to track about us, supposedly willingly is mind boggling.  Tech Crunch alerted us to the latest data collection efforts of Google Recently.  

Quick! Where were you last Tuesday at 6:35 PM?

If you’re anything like me, your answer is probably along the lines of “I… have absolutely no idea.” Most people’s brains just don’t work that way.

But odds are, Google knows. They probably know where you’ve been most other days, too. And they’ll happily show you, letting you relive your life one step at a time.

Now I let Google know where I was, because it helps with traffic updates, what movies to see etc. I had no idea they were tracking my every step though.  On the next page I’m going to show the type of data Google is collecting.

The image below shows my movements in the Washington DC Metro area on Thursday December 12, 2013.  I got up early in the morning to have breakfast with our old friend Barney Keller, now at the Club for Growth, a few blocks from the White House.  Google tracked my entire Metro ride, and the ride out to Dulles Airport, my flight, and then later on my drive home.

While this is very cool, and that seems to be the tack Tech Crunch was taking, it is also very chilling.  Can this data be requested by law enforcement?  Does the NSA have access to it.  These are serious questions Google must answer.  It is way to easy to grab this data.

If you are looking to check for yourself, HERE IS THE LINK.

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  • …and we are you only concerned that Google would turn this information over to the Government?  Why aren’t you concerned that they would abuse this information themselves or sell it to other private firms?

    Are you comfortable with private companies collecting all this electronic data and using it for commercial purposes and potentially abusing it?

    About 6 months ago I had a hideous business idea (profitable I’ll bet, but hideous).  Facial recognition is soon going to be perfected.  What happens when Facebook downloads all the photos and id tags and what happens if a company (my idea) aggregates ALL the private security cameras with real time feeds at Malls and other shopping districts…you would be walking down Newbury St and a private security camera picks up you image, cross matches it with a massive database of FB tags and serves you up a mobile push ad offering a discount to the store right in front of you!  And imagine the abuse that could occur with that technology.  And all of it controlled and operated by private companies.  Is this something you are comfortable with?

    Bottom line is, any data collected by a private firm of public agency can be subpoena…so are you in favor of REGULATING the kind of data private companies gather about you?  Are do you have no problem with that, you just don’t want the government using it to catch child molesters or terrorists?