I was one of them, and while Opening Facebook's eyes was, (why does it keep my friends' addresses and phone numbers?) Google's data dump was not. At least for me.
Irish Web Developer Dylan Curran stepped in to find out what Google had about him and was shocked by his findings. He tweeted his reaction in a 37-tweet Tweetstorm that was widely read with 4,400 comments, 160,000 retweets, and 249,000 likes.
He was outraged that Google had saved his location and search history, the names of the files, backup – even the ones he deleted – and every website he visited on Google over 10 years ago.
"They collect much more information than people would know," he told us.
We spoke to Curran for a # TalkingTech podcast in which Curran called for a "Digital Expiration Act" to be enacted by lawmakers. That's a fair compromise, he says. There is no reason for a company to keep our information for longer than two to three years. "My information from 10 years ago is not relevant to the ads I'm looking at now," he says.
My Take: In exchange for Google reminding me of upcoming travel, showing me boarding passes, creating itineraries for me and showing me how to navigate the city, Google has been tracking all of my moves for years to use it in the late 1990s, and I agree.
I can not imagine living without Google Docs, which allows me to do everything I do for free and have online access to the files no matter which computer I have. Calendar reminds me very well of what's on my agenda, with updates via smartphone, computer and tablet. I love the fact that every iPhone photo I've taken is automatically saved in Google Photos, and I can use Google Photos to search for old photos from my old Mazda car to an ice cream cone in Venice.
By searching my emails and tracking my searches, Google has improved my life. I would not work with Cold Turkey on Google, and I doubt it would be a Talking Tech spokesman. But I think we all agree that we would like to see our Google story more often, right?
In other technical news this week:
– This week's Big Data Loss: Under Armor's MyFitnessPal Diet and Nutrition app said about 150 million users were affected, with usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords. Reminder, if you are a user of MyFitnessPal, this would be a good time for you to download your password – now!
President Donald Trump went to E-Tailer Amazon and said he was upset that the company paid little tax, harmed small businesses by offering lower prices and also hurting the US Postal Service.
Apple staged a quiet, Apple-standard event to win a new iPad for education. In Chicago, Apple invited reporters to a local high school to test their iPad ($ 299, $ 329 for the rest of us), which is the same size and price as the last model (9.7 inches), but 40 % is faster. according to Apple. Good try, Apple – but I argue that the company gets an A for overhead, C for the execution. Read why here.
– In other Apple News, the company has finally released a much-anticipated software update for the iPhone this week to give you better insight into your own health and the health of what may be a battery failure. The big feature: One that will prevent Apple from throttling your phone when the battery becomes a weakling.
– A sad sign of the times. Children in the UK now spend more time watching Netflix and listening to music on Spotify than the venerable BBC, the Guardian reports. "If the trend moves to on-demand, the BBC risks being overtaken by its competitors," the BBC said.
– More layoffs at Snap, Inc., the parent company of the Snapchat messaging app, with 100 people selling. This follows recent layoffs by 100 engineers and a controversial app re-design that saw many outraged fans and celebrities calling for change or moving to other apps.
This Week Talking Tech Podcasts .
– Creating a Hollywood movie with an iPhone. Director Steven Soderbergh used three iPhone 7's to make the current movie Unsane, and we downplayed the accessories and apps he used for the shoot.
Review: Expanding Smartphone Photography with Moment Lens. Our look at the wide-angle lens for the iPhone X by Moment, which greatly expands the view, is especially helpful for group shots and sceneries.
-Apples pitch failed, but I want an iPad. Our opinion on Apple Event and why it failed. Without a dramatic price drop for the iPad, parents and school admins tend to stick with Google's cheaper Chromebook computers for K-12 students.
– How do I effectively use Facebook? We talk to analyst Jeremiah Oywang after the privacy debate about how to make more effective use of the social network by giving it less information.
Hey Alexa, play the Yankees on TuneIn. The online radio station brings premium and sports to the connected Amazon Alexa speaker platform. TuneIns Tony Archibong offers the new subscription service for sports and news on-demand broadcasts.
– It's not just Facebook – Google is bad, too. Irish programmer Dylan Curran comes to us to discuss his shock at downloading his Google history data and what he's doing when collecting data from major Internet companies.
That's for the Talking Tech Weekend Wrap this week. Please subscribe to the TalkingTech newsletter via this link. Follow me on Twitter, @ JeffersonGraham, and watch my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/jeffersongraham. If you have not yet checked out the Daily # TalkingTech podcast, it's time. You can listen to Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio or wherever you enjoy online audio.
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