Just like enterprises and other large organizations set up honeypots and decoys to misdirect hackers' attention, browsers and similar software should lure website operators into tar pits of useless and false personal information.
Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is forcing big changes at tech’s biggest firms – even if the US isn’t likely to follow suit.
Google's efforts to claim that it should be exempt from EU data protection laws because its search engine is "journalistic" really did not impress the judge in the Right To Be Forgotten trial.
The search giant's largest fear is currently that US legislators will consider bringing across European legislation that enables people to force Google to remove links from its database – the so-called "Right to be Forgotten."
Google and Facebook's "free" model allows them to aggregate largely unpaid-for content – such as your photos and posts – rather than strike a price for it.
The information that the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.
Working for a tech company may sound like all fun and ping pong, but behind the facade is a ruthless code of secrecy – and retribution for those who break it.
If we do nothing about Google and Facebook, we will get more of the same: more hyper-targeting, more algorithmic bias, less competition and the further erosion of collateral industries, like media. Enough is enough.
There's a good chance at least some of your Android apps have tracked you rather more than you expect.
Google has confirmed it has been able to track the location of Android users via the addresses of local mobile phone masts, even when location services were turned off and the sim cards removed.
As fears over tech oligopolies grow, industry giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook have found themselves the subject of greater scrutiny from governments and skeptics in academia.
Academics did not disclose Google funding in two-thirds of cases (66 per cent). Authors failed to disclose funding even when they were directly funded by Google in more than a quarter (26 per cent) of cases.
Google has spent millions funding academic research in the US and Europe to try to influence public opinion and policymakers, a watchdog has claimed.
The largest monopoly in America, Google controls five of the top six billion-user, universal web platforms – search, video, mobile, maps and browser – and leads in 13 of the top 14 commercial web functions. With a real threat of antitrust and privacy regulation on the horizon, Google has come to the same conclusion that earlier industries did – that controlling Washington politicians and regulators is a cost of doing business.
More than half of U.S. elementary and high school students now use Google applications. With free apps and low-cost laptops, the company dominates the market for classroom technology. But, some parents and school officials are worried about how the company collects and uses students’ data.
Divisive multimedia feature adopted by Facebook, Twitter and others could soon be a feature of Google search results.
Google has begun trawling through billions of personal credit card records, matching them to your browser, location and advertising histories.
Google wants stores to gather purchase data on its behalf, to bolster its case that advertising on the platform works.
Google has been ordered by a US court to cough up people's private Gmail messages stored overseas – because if that information can be viewed stateside, it is subject to American search warrants, apparently.
Unlike Apple or Amazon, selling things to consumers has never been Google’s primary game. Google uses A.I. to understand people’s language and intent (as in search queries) and to customize its products to their habits and preferences (as with Nest thermostats, Inbox Smart Reply, or Google Calendar’s Goals). It then harnesses this knowledge to target users with advertisements.