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In Google’s hometown, some residents are living on the streets in RVs

There’s a housing crisis in one of the most affluent areas in the country. To make it even more shocking, it’s at the doorstep of one of the world’s most valuable companies: Google.

In Mountain View, Calif., home to Google and its parent Alphabet, housing and homelessness is rampant enough that the city is taking action.

Earlier this year, the Mountain View City Council voted to ban oversized vehicles, such as recreational vehicles (RVs), from parking overnight on city streets. This is expected to be enforced in the coming months.

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RVs parked on a street across from Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on May 22, 2019. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Hundreds of people live in RVs in Mountain View because of exorbitant rents, according to the City. “The concentration of recreational vehicles has been a particularly visible sign of this issue,” a speaker for the city said at a March 19 meeting.

The median rent in Mountain View is now $4,151 a month, according to a report from Bloomberg. That’s almost twice what it was in 2010 and almost triple the national average, the report said, citing data from online real estate company Trulia. The median home value is $1.8 million more than double the $750,000 it was 10 years ago, Bloomberg reported, using data from Zillow.

At the March city council meeting, Mountain View residents and vehicle dwellers talked about the paradox of living in poverty in a place that is home to big tech and the mega-rich.

“I do not want to live in a town where the only people that can afford to be here are very, very rich techies and very, very old retirees like myself,” said one resident during the comment session.

“It’s not a secret that rent is very, very expensive here,” said a student who lived in a car at the meeting.

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RVs sit parked on a street across from Google headquarters on May 22, 2019 in Mountain View, California. As the price of rent continues to skyrocket in the San Francisco Bay Area, a number of RVs have appeared on the streets near the Google headquarters in Mountain View. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“I originally lived in an apartment but due to rent increases I was unable to afford that apartment,” said another student who had lived in their car.

Civil rights attorneys say the proposed ban appears to be designed to push poor residents out of the city, according to a report in the Mountain View Voice. If passed, Mountain View would be “skirting its responsibility to provide for its most vulnerable citizens,” the report said, paraphrasing a comment from a local attorney.

The most recent count done by the Mountain View police department cited 290 vehicles used for living.

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The city has taken measures to correct the issue, but so far, they don’t seem to be having much of an impact. “The magnitude of the regional housing crisis and the complexities of homelessness have resulted in the needle not moving much in reducing the inhabited vehicles seen on Mountain View streets,” a speaker for the city said at the March 19 meeting.

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An RV sits parked next to Google headquarters on May 22, 2019 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

RVs parked long term in the street can also create a pollution problem, such as illegal dumping of raw sewage. Recent Mountain View ordinances would make it illegal to discharge domestic sewage into a curbside gutter or storm sewer.

Fox News has reached out to the Mountain View City Council with a request for comment.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: Breaking up Big Tech would be ‘illegal’ and harmful to consumers

The former chairman and chief executive of Google said that calls for breaking up the tech giant have “no basis in law” and would harm consumers by pushing up prices and decreasing transparency.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Eric Schmidt, who is stepping down next month from the board of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, pushed back on growing calls from lawmakers in the United States and the European Union to bring Big Tech to heel by forcing companies to unwind mergers and break themselves up into smaller entities.

“I don’t see a basis in law for a breakup. The various proposals for breaking up would [mean] prices increase, which would be a negative consumer harm for sure,” he said.

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As concerns around privacy and the spread of hate speech or misinformation continue to plague Facebook and Google, calls to break them up have increased. Most notably, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has a wide-ranging proposal for the breakup of several major tech companies on antitrust grounds.

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Eric Schmidt, former chairman and chief executive of Google, is seen above. (Photo by Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)

Google was hit with a $57 million fine by France’s privacy watchdog in January for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent” regarding ad personalization for users. Google was also fined an addition $1.7 billion by the EU for abusive advertising practices.

“These platforms are enormously powerful, and they are free to consumers…I would be very careful about directly affecting the structure of the industry because the benefit of broad access to these platforms has brought innumerable benefits,” Schmidt continued in the Telegraph interview.

The billionaire also reportedly expressed concerns about “regulatory bias” in the U.S. and EU as potentially damaging to the competitiveness of Western firms in favor of Chinese tech companies.

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Schmidt’s comments echo recent statements from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who said that breaking up Facebook or other tech giants would not address any of the underlying problems with privacy, security and content moderation.

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India investigates Google for suspected Android abuse

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India’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google used its Android platform to block rivals, New Delhi’s latest move to try to tamp down American tech behemoths.

The investigation launched by the Competition Commission of India resembles a case last year in which the European Union fined Google $4.87 billion for what it said was abuse of its dominant Android mobile operating system to boost its own business, according to an Indian government official with knowledge of the matter.

The case is another example of antitrust authorities in many parts of the world taking cues from the EU, which has been investigating Google for nearly a decade.

“We have consulted the EU and the U.S. on the matter, and decided to move forward with the investigation as primary scrutiny suggests abuse by Google,” said the official, who declined to be identified.

The EU last year ordered Google to stop making phone manufacturers pre-install its search app and the Chrome web browser if they want to pre-install Google’s Play store, the dominant way to download Android apps.

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“Android has enabled millions of Indians to connect to the internet by making mobile devices more affordable,” said a Google spokesman. “We look forward to working with the Competition Commission of India to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less,” the spokesman said.

The Indian authorities expect to complete the investigation in the next few months, during which they would summon Google executives, said the official. The probe was earlier reported by Reuters on Friday. Further details about the complaint leading to the investigation couldn’t be determined.

CCI Chairman Ashok Gupta declined to comment on the matter. CCI Secretary P.K Singh didn’t answer calls and emails seeking comment. A spokesman for the Indian Finance Ministry declined to comment.

The CCI last year fined Google 1.36 billion rupees ($19 million) for what it said was an abuse of its role as the country’s top search engine to favor its own services.

Hoping to match China’s success at sheltering and promoting its domestic tech titans, Indian policy makers have been discussing ways to restrict American tech companies in what many consider the world’s biggest untapped tech market.

Amazon.com Inc . has grown rapidly in India, where it is investing $5 billion. Walmart Inc.last year bought Flipkart, India’s biggest domestic online shopping firm, for $16 billion, its largest acquisition ever. Facebook Inc. and its WhatsApp messaging service, along with Netflix Inc. and Google’s YouTube, are among the country’s most used apps.

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Tech giants rethink the businesses that made them big

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GoogleFacebook Inc. and other tech giants have long tinkered with ways to grow outside the core businesses they dominate. Now those efforts are becoming urgent.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, beset by public anger over abuses on the social network, spent the company’s annual developer conference last week talking up his vision for a Facebook more focused on private messaging and small groups than on the advertising-driven social-media hub that gained it nearly 2.4 billion monthly users.

Messaging is one of several areas Facebook has been eyeing for new opportunities. Another got the spotlight last week when The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is recruiting financial firms and online merchants to help launch a cryptocurrency-based payments system.

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Apple Inc., meanwhile, said last week its sales-and-profit slump extended into a second straight quarter—the first time that has happened in more than two years—thanks to falling sales of the iPhone, the product that turned it into a colossus. Its response has been to try to morph itself into a services company fueled by app and entertainment sales as much as hardware.

Google parent Alphabet Inc. has been Big Tech’s most eclectic big-idea factory. It has worked on self-driving cars for a decade and has arms devoted to everything from balloon-tethered internet access to extending human life. But it has had little success turning those efforts into moneymaking businesses. Advertising is still 85% of its revenue, and operating losses at its “other bets” segment ballooned by 52% in the last quarter to $868 million, Alphabet said last week. The perils of its ad dependence were laid bare when an unexpected drop in quarterly sales sent Alphabet shares down 7.5% on Tuesday, their biggest one-day drop since 2012.

A confluence of forces is behind Big Tech’s business-model ferment. Blowback over privacy abuses and misinformation threatens ad-driven strategies at Facebook and Google built on harvesting people’s information and maximizing the time they spend glued to the internet. The smartphone, which underpinned so much of the tech industry’s boom over the past decade, is maturing, with incremental innovation and flagging sales.

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And the law of large numbers, combined with the tech industry’s history of upstarts leapfrogging incumbents on innovation, compels executives to seek out new places to disrupt, lest they themselves be disrupted.

“Their perspective is: We have to keep the growth,” says Tim Kendall, a former senior executive at Facebook and Pinterest Inc. who now runs Moment, an app to help manage smartphone use. Mr. Kendall says the need to diversify is all the greater because regulatory concerns make it risky for giants to bet on growing their share of the markets they already dominate. “The current regulatory climate is such that all of them are saying, ‘We can’t acquire growth into our core business because the [Federal Trade Commission] will block it.’”

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Mr. Zuckerberg in an interview with the Journal last week emphasized the significance of Facebook’s changes, calling his plan to build out less-public communication networks “the beginning of a new chapter” and attributing some of the recent executive departures to the magnitude of the switch.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai made $480 million last year, for an astounding ‘hourly’ rate

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai made an eye-popping $470 million last year.

That figure, which includes a $650,000 salary and valuable stock awards, amounts to an hourly pay rate that most Americans can only ever dream about.

If you do the math based on a standard 40-hour work week, Pichai earned $230,769 per hour in 2018.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for a full-time wage or salary worker was $900 as of the fourth quarter of 2018. That’s $22.50 per hour.

Pichai – who previously led product management for Google Chrome and oversaw the development of Gmail, Google Maps and the Android operating system – earned about 10,000 times that rate, according to the proxy statement from Google’s parent company Alphabet.

Larry Page, the CEO and co-founder of Alphabet, earned $1 last year but is worth an estimated $56.4 billion largely because of his stock holdings. Sergey Brin, president and co-founder of Alphabet, also earned $1 but is worth $55.6 billion.

Alphabet’s stock price, which surpassed $1,000 per share in October 2017, dropped 5 percent this week on the heels of revenue growth at Google having dropped below 20 percent for the first time in three years.

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Facade with logo at the Googleplex, headquarters of Google Inc in the Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Calif., April 13, 2019.  (Getty Images)

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In addition, the company is facing a range of challenges, including employee activism around issues of pay equity, sexual harassment and alleged retaliation.

According to a 2017 report from the Economic Policy Institute, the average American CEO made $15.6 million in compensation, or about 271 times that of the average U.S. worker.

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Google preps new privacy controls to let you delete your location data

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Google is preparing new privacy controls that can periodically erase your location history from the company’s servers.

They will be three options: Erase the data every three months, every 18 months, or keep the data until you delete it manually.

“You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you—and we’re committed to giving you the best controls to make that happen,” Google said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Currently, you can permanently wipe all your location data from Google, but it involves clicking through your Google account, and then hitting the trash bin icon. You can also switch off the location tracking to prevent the tech giant from knowing your current whereabouts. But it’ll come at the expense of disabling certain features on Google products, such as location-based recommendations Google Maps can send you.

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The upcoming auto-delete control potentially offers a better compromise for people who want location-based tips from Google without sacrificing as much private information. Expect the new privacy controls to arrive in the coming weeks through the Location History and Web & Activity menu in your Google account.

The tech giant created the new control amid ongoing scrutiny of its privacy practices. Last year, the Associated Press reported that Google was collecting the location-tracking information from users even when they had “paused” the function on their smartphones. In response, the company said it can also collect people’s data through other services such as Google Search.

To understand what the company knows about location activities, it’s a good idea to check out your Google account and review your privacy settings.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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Google workers stage sit-in to protest alleged retaliation

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Google employees worldwide are staging a sit-in to protest alleged retaliation from the tech giant on the six-month anniversary of the #GoogleWalkout, when 20,000 workers left their offices to demonstrate against sexual harassment and pay inequity.

The organizers said the sit-in is scheduled for 11 a.m. local time and that workers’ stories of acts of revenge by the Mountain View, Calif. company will be shared, along with demands for policy changes at Google. The protest comes just over a week after a letter claiming retaliation was signed by a dozen employees and released.

“Today, Googlers from around the world are gathering at 11 am local time to sit together and show retaliation is #NotOkGoogle,” the Google Walkout For Real Change organizers tweeted. “The stories we’ve been collecting will be shared, our demands will be read, and all will be in solidarity with those withstanding this chilling practice.”

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They continued: “Many workers are calling out sick (of retaliation), a reference to being told to take medical leave when not sick. Some set their out of office email reply to speak to what’s happening. Others will change their profile photos. All of these actions say retaliation is #NotOkGoogle.”

The Walkout, which focused on the Sundar Pichai-led company’s handling of sexual harassment claims against executives and its overall culture, was followed by incidents of retaliation, organizers claimed in a letter released one week ago.

“Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities,” the letter signed by Meredith Whittaker, Claire Stapleton and 10 others said. “Retaliation isn’t always obvious. It’s often confusing and drawn out, consisting of icy conversations, gaslighting, project cancellations, transition rejections, or demotions.”

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When reached by Fox News for comment, Google had nothing to say about the planned sit-in, but did release the following statement:

“We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy. To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”

Google employees have been at the leading edge of a wave of tech worker activism that has swept through Silicon Valley. Employees at Google, Amazon and other firms have protested against a range of policies that they claim are unethical, exclusionary or unfair.

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Google Maps coordinates reveal exact spot where Titanic sank in 1912

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Google Maps coordinates reveal the exact location of the Titanic wreckage – a spooky site that marks one of history’s deadliest marine disasters.

The British passenger liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.

Once branded “unsinkable”, the RMS Titanic went down after crashing into an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

The ship was the largest afloat in the world at the time, and was built by shipmakers Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

Now Google Maps coordinates let any web user see the exact spot where the tragedy occurred, revealing just how close the Titanic was to its final destination.

Simply head to the Google Maps app and type in the following coordinates: 41.7325° N, 49.9469° W.

Numerous attempts to find the Titanic wreckage were put forward without success.

The problem lay in the fact that the wreckage was around 12,000 feet below the surface, where water pressure is as high as 6,500 pounds per square inch.

The first successful attempt to find the ship happened just over 30 years ago.

In September 1985, a Franco-American expedition led by Robert Ballard discovered that the ship had split apart – likely near or at the surface – before sinking.

The two separate bow and stern sections lie around a third of a mile apart, in the Titanic Canyon off the coast of Newfoundland.

And the exact sinking site is 13.2 miles away from the inaccurate coordinates that were given by the Titanic’s radio operators on the night of her sinking.

Even more tragic is the fact that the Titanic was just 715 miles from the port of Halifax, and 1,250 miles from New York.

The Titanic was due to dock in New York on the morning of April 17, 1912, just three days after the disaster.

Ship lookout Frederick Fleet spotted the iceberg ahead of the Titanic late on April 14, and warned the crew.

And despite First Officer William Murdoch ordering the ship to be steered around the iceberg, it was already too late.

The starboard side of the Titanic collided with the iceberg, denting the hull and causing the seams to buckle and separate.

The ship quickly began sinking bow-first, causing panic on-board.

Tragically, there were only enough lifeboats to carry half of the passengers, and the crew weren’t sufficiently trained for an evacuation.

At least 1,500 people are believed to have lost their lives in the disaster, with an estimated 710 survivors who were shipped to New York aboard the RMS Carpathia.

It later emerged that the successful 1985 hunt for the passenger liner was used as a cover for a mission to find lost nuclear submarines.

That’s according to retired US Navy officer Robert Ballard, who successfully led an underwater expedition to locate the sunken ship in 1985.

Speaking to CNN and CBS about the now-declassified events, Ballard revealed that his expedition was part of a covert US military operation.

Ballard was tasked with finding the USS Thresh and USS Scorpion, two nuclear subs that sank in the 1960s.

And the hunt for the Titanic was the perfect front: “They did not want the world to know that, so I had to have a cover story,” he explained.

It wasn’t a complete conspiracy, however.

Ballard did actually want to find the Titanic, but couldn’t get funding for the expensive expedition.

The US Navy eventually offered to cough up the money – and it came with one big condition.

Ballard would have to track down the submarines before the Russians – then a key rival in the ongoing Cold War – could find them.

“We knew where the subs were,” Ballard revealed.

“What they wanted me to do was go back and not have the Russians follow me, because we were also interested in the nuclear weapons that were on the Scorpion, and also what the nuclear reactors [were] doing to the environment.”

He said that the mission was “very top secret”, and was hidden from the public.

“I said: ‘Well, let’s tell the world I am going after the Titanic’.”

Unfortunately for Ballard, the covert part of the mission took longer than expected.

After finding the Scorpion, he had just 12 days left to find the Titanic.

But his search for the nuclear subs had given him some helpful experience.

“I learned something from mapping the Scorpion that taught me how to find the Titanic: look for its trail of debris.”

He eventually found the Titanic, and had four days left over to film the wreckage – because the ship was due to be rented out by someone else.

“People had taken 60 days and not found it. I did it in eight,” he said.

Ballard recalls being immediately excited by the find, but the mood quickly turned somber.

“We realized we were dancing on someone’s grave, and we were embarrassed,” he said.

“The mood, it was like someone took a wall switch and went click.

“And we became sober, calm, respectful, and we made a promise to never take anything from that ship, and to treat it with great respect.”

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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Google shows first cracks in years

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Google’s once-untouchable online-advertising operation took a body blow, hurt by mounting competition and struggles within its increasingly high-profile YouTube unit.

Google parent Alphabet Inc. in the first quarter posted its slowest revenue growth since 2015. The poor results highlight the risks for one of Silicon Valley’s biggest names in effectively leaning on one massive, if lucrative, business.

For all its myriad arms and efforts to diversify, Google remains essentially an old-fashioned billboard operation with a high-tech gloss—and it now faces more rivals.

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The company’s results are an outlier amid what has otherwise been a steady earnings season in the technology sector. Peers like Facebook and Twitter previously posted strong earnings, while Amazon.com last week reported record profit that will allow it to pour fresh cash into improving its Prime membership program.

Alphabet shares fell 7% Monday after hours, with the drop picking up during the earnings call as executives declined to answer direct questions about the flagging growth. Nearly an hour in, one analyst, Ross Sandler of Barclays, audibly sighed. “I guess I’ll beat a dead horse on the deceleration,” he said.

“We are very excited about the opportunities across the board,” responded Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat.

If Alphabet shares drop in regular trading on Tuesday to match the after-hours decline, that would wipe more than $60 billion from the company’s market capitalization and mark the worst single-day session in nearly seven years. Before the earnings report, shares were up 24% this year.

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Alphabet reported first-quarter revenue of $36.3 billion, roughly $1 billion short of forecasts. Per-share earnings of $9.50 also disappointed, and were a substantial fall from a year earlier, when results were supercharged by the conglomerate marking up its stakes in private technology companies.

Growth slowed across the board. Revenues were up 17% year-over-year, compared with 26% in last year’s first quarter. The company’s margin, a constant concern for analysts and investors, fell to 18%, compared with 25% last year.

The crimped margin can in part be blamed on last month’s $1.7 billion fine from European regulators for abusing the dominance of its search engine and limiting competition. Excluding the fine, the company’s margin came in at 23% and its per-share earnings were $11.90.

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New tool shows how Facebook and Google track you

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A new tool shows how the biggest social media companies track you, right down to your device’s battery level and email you’ve sent.

The free tool from vpnMentor, which reviews virtual private network services, lets you zero in on social media companies and online services like Facebook, Google, Instagram and other social media services and immediately identify the ways you’re being tracked.

“Despite the familiar site message asking if you’re willing to accept cookies, many don’t realize what this entails,” vpnMentor said in a statement.

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All information in the interactive tool “is based on strict research, which have been clipped from the companies sites,” a vpnMentor spokesperson told Fox News.

For example, clicking on the tool’s “Do Not Track Ignored” brings up sites that ignore the request – which is part of a broader problem of disregarding Do Not Track settings, as search engine DuckDuckGo points out separately.

The vpnMentor tool also gives you a quick view of how major social media companies and online services handle privacy concerns such as “Access To Your Messages” and “Device Information & Usage.”

Other items that the tool shows:

  • Of the 21 services within the study, the majority tracked your current location at all times when using the app
  • Some companies use the information you share on their messaging services and some openly state they have access to any messages you send on their platforms
  • Many services and apps track your device’s battery level, signal strength, nearby Wi-Fi spots, and app and file names
  • Google and Amazon save voice recordings from searches

Users don’t necessarily have to have an account with an online service to get tracked. For example, Google keeps track of your activity on third-party sites that use Google features like Ads, vpnMentor said in the statement.

“While the majority of this data usage is benign or necessary for services to function, knowing which companies hold which data about you is the only way to track your privacy and how secure you really are,” vpnMentor Internet security expert Gaya Polat said in a statement.

“We recommend always reading the privacy policy to ensure you know what you’re agreeing to,” Polat added.

Major dating sites will share your data with affiliated dating sites, vpnMentor added, noting some also have access to your private messages to potential suitors.

There are exceptions, though. The dating app Happn, for example, states that it does not keep track of users movements. “Instead, it only keeps track of when members are in close proximity and where they were when they crossed paths with another user,” vpnMentor added.

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