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Big Brother — I Mean Google — Is Watching You

February 4, 2013 by  

Big Brother — I Mean Google — Is Watching You
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A few months ago, the Federal Communications Commission fined Google $25,000 for taking its sweet time to give information to the FCC about an interesting project Google had been working on.

Most of you are probably familiar with Google Maps, where you can search for directions to wherever you need to go and even get a street view of the area. Google literally paid for trucks to go around with cameras on them in order to record this information. Not a big deal, right?

Well it wouldn’t be a big deal if those trucks didn’t include technology on them that could swipe all of your personal information off unsecured Wi-Fi connections.

Just in case you don’t know what that means, if you have Wi-Fi in your house and it didn’t have a password on it to protect it, odds are that Google has all of your personal information.

What do I mean by personal information? Everything. Passwords, websites you’ve visited, financial records, absolutely anything that you have ever done on your home computer, Google now has.

Think about it this way: If you can’t live without the Internet, odds are that Google has your life.

The FCC Did Nothing

Apparently, according to the FCC, Google did nothing wrong. That’s right. According to the government (which, by the way, has millions of dollars’ worth of contracts with Google), the company had a right to spy on you.

Actually, that’s not quite right. Google did do something wrong, according to the FCC, it delayed the information it gave to the FCC.

The world’s leading search engine said that searching its own employees’ emails and getting statements from them “would be a time-consuing and burdensome task.”

The company can gather all of your personal information in a nanosecond from the air outside of your house, yet it said it would take too long to get the information about why it did it.

For delaying a Federal investigation, Google, of course, was fined heavily and people were sent to jail, right? Wrong. For all of that, the company was fined $25,000.

What does that “hefty” fine mean to Google?

Take all the money you have out of your pocket. Now take the lint out of the bottom of that pocket. That lint has the same value to you as a $25,000 fine does to Google. It’s not even a slap on the wrist; it’s more like an endorsement.

When contacted, Google’s employees refused to make statements as to why they were recording this information. That sounds like they have something to hide, doesn’t it?

Oh, and don’t think Google has pulled this trick off just in America. It did the exact same thing in 29 other major countries. Google doesn’t just spy on U.S. citizens; it spies on the world.

No one has rights in a Google-run world. And our government (which, let me remind you again, contracts Google to supply it data) is doing nothing to stop it.

It Isn’t Just Google

In 2002, an AT&T employee couldn’t understand why National Security Agency representatives were suddenly visiting his office in San Francisco on a regular basis. He had never seen them in the office before and couldn’t figure out why they would have anything to do with the phone and Internet provider.

His curiosity got the best of him, so he followed a few people around his office building, which led him to discover that the sixth floor of his building was under considerable construction and security.

This made no sense to the man, who kept poking around until he found documents describing what was in the room. What he found should shock you.

The NSA had contracted AT&T to build this secret room and collect all of the data from 16 major phone and Internet companies.

That’s right: all of the data. Every phone call, every Internet site, every password, every financial record. You get the idea.

Basically, any piece of information that came from you, AT&T collected and sent off to the government.

The NSA says it doesn’t read through information that has been given to it. It says that a computer sorts through this information and that it is never really looked at by human eyes unless it’s linked to a terrorist organization. If the data weren’t linked to anything criminal like that, it was deleted; or so the NSA says.

Fast-forward to a directive from President Barack Obama in 2012. As was reported a few weeks ago on Absolute Rights, the President signed an executive order that allowed the NSA to keep non-terror linked information for up to five years.

That’s an interesting number, isn’t it?

The data that has been stored from AT&T since that mysterious room was built has most likely been sitting on a shelf all that time.

But who needs that old data anyway when Google is updating it daily?

What Can You Do?

You need to protect your privacy. Sure, that’s easy to say; but there are things that can be done to help secure your data.

First, know your rights or the lack thereof.

Know that people are out there ripping off your information. So protect your Internet with a password. Don’t keep connections open. Clearly, the government isn’t going to stop companies from spying on you; what makes you think it doesn’t already do the same thing?

You should know that you have little to no privacy over everything transmitted over the Internet. That means emails, data and even phone calls.

Yes, phone calls on the Internet on what is called Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VOIP, are up for grabs to whomever would like to listen to them.

The only phone calls protected now are those on land lines and some cellphones.

The next thing you can do is to not put personal information on the Internet. If you don’t need to bank online, don’t.

Sure, things seem convenient when you are sitting at home ordering whatever you need off of the Internet; but how convenient is it when you’re being tracked by everyone and everything who has the technology to do so?

Finally, base your life in the real world and not online.

That may sound silly; but if you can’t live without the Internet, you’re in trouble.

Make sure that you can really function without the Internet. Don’t rely on it for everything. It should be common sense that if a luxury like electricity goes away, so do things like the Internet. If you can’t make it without the Web, not only will you not survive a major disaster, but you may not be able to survive even a minor thunderstorm.

It’s important to know that your information is out there. With the recent discoveries about how Google and AT&T operate, odds are that all of your information is already out there. Make sure you take the proper precautions to protect yourself from all of the eyes that may be looking over you.

It isn’t a safe world out there, and knowing that your private lives have been spied on by Google and other companies doesn’t feel good; but it is good to know.

If you know what is going on around you in the world, you can prepare for it.

Be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young

Tim Young

is the Managing Editor at Absolute Rights and has been featured on Fox News, Forbes, and The London Daily Telegraph. You can see Tim's latest work by clicking here.

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  • KG

    I thought Google was a perfect example of free enterprise in the 21st century? A good idea gets rewarded. Isn’t that what our country is all about?

    The truth is, anything that is “broadcasted” on the airwaves is free game for anyone who can capture it. Either the Government, or Private Citizen. It’s almost like if you dropped a pile of books in the road. What keeps someone from walking up and taking a book?

    I remember in the 80′s people thought that “Big Brother” was going to be the Government. Actually, BB is private businesses. Wells Fargo knows more about you than your wife does.

    Anyone who had a wireless laptop was doing that. Drive around until you get a signal and do whatever you can get away with. That is the Hacker ethos.

    • FreedomFighter

      use STARTPAGE.com at least till they get that too.

      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

    • Bruce

      they want to gather data? let them. Give them lots to look at too. E-mail the contents of your computer to everyone you know and get them to do the same, post pictures of nothing important. Re-send all the info you can find. Give to them what they want, data, lots of it. So much that no data will be worth anything, because they will have a hard time figuring out where it first began and who’s it is. Then with the internet flooded with 100,000 times the amount of data that moves over it today, they can have mountains of data to play with. That alone will create a “few” more jobs.

      • Gary L

        Bruce, That is a neat idea. perhaps we can crap information all over and title the messages or files with words or phrases guaranteed to catch thier attention.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Why? They’ll just spend more of our money for more computers and people. They have an unlimited supply of money to fund whatever they want!

    • Gary L

      Big Government, Big Brother, Big Business are in it together.
      Its about money and power. Its not about whats right and whats wrong.

  • wavesofgrain

    One of the first things Obama did after his 2008 election was call the social media GURUS to the WH for a meeting. He swooned them into letting the Govt get direct streaming from sites to monitor our citizens. Now Twitter, Google and FB are freely giving users’ info to the WH. I know Jobs was skeptical of Obama, and even told him he was a 1 term president, so Apple/Mac may not have co-operated. But the other young gurus could not wait to jump through hoops to please this admin. I wish someone mature, wise to this govt’s dictatorial intentions, would create another social media off limits to the govt.

    • moonbeam

      Personally, I think a day will come when people will be smart enough to take their business and money underground and find ways to stop funding the government or at least take some of the wind out of its sails.

      Did you see where the usurper says MORE taxes will be needed to pay the deficit? Is that nerve or what?

  • deerinwater

    Well, they didn’t get much then other then someones curiosity and a water bill record.

    There a thing called information overload. ~ Without a targeting system ~ a very good one ~ they are mining in granite for lead.

    We are living in the information age today , ~ post industrial age. ~ strange be true.

    I read about it many years ago. ~ “The Third Wave” was the name of the Novel. I had a hard time believing it at the time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Wave_(Toffler) ~ check it out. Find out where we are all going.

  • Zed

    Personally, I think the FCC was totally out of line.
    The Radio Communications Act of 1929 (as amended in 1933) guarantees all US citizens the right to receive any radio transmissions, so long as they aren’t doing it for illegal purposes.
    This has been a standard defense against regulation of CB radios as well as automotive radar detectors. (No really, I LIKE listening to radar transmissions!)
    To suggest that legally listening in on an unencrypted, unprotected WiFi signal is wrong directly contradicts the act.
    Incidentally, the Supreme Court determined that, although you can receive radio signals like satellite TV, it’s illegal to decrypt them.
    I say that if the satellite companies don’t want me decrypting their signals, they should keep their photons off my yard.

  • ibcamn

    This is all old news,if your stupid enough to use a computer with no security or wi fi lock and security system,you deserve what you got!and uncle sam has all your info now,that’s just great!!take my boot and break it off in your a$$!

    • deerinwater

      Yea, pretty much ibcamn, ~ A PC in a bad place to put sensitive information. ~
      That many people have yet to understand this ~ has been a gold mine for people with larceny in their hearts and a strong mind to commit crimes on the sneak.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “ibcamn” AND “deerinwater,”

      IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING WHEN PERSONAL COMPUTERS “FIRST CAME-OUT,” A SELLING-POINT WAS THE ABILITY AND EASE OF STORING PERSONAL DOCUMENTS AT “THE TOUCH OF A FINGER.” SO, IT SEEMS SILLY TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT, ETC.

      PROFESSIONAL ENTITIES WHICH HAVE YOUR APPROVAL CAN VIOLATE YOU, DUE TO THE MASTERY OF A “SLICK” EMPLOYEE.

      • deerinwater

        Hmm? ~ Well Chris, ~ give it time and the truth will be reveled to you.

        As the story line goes, God gave man , ~ woman for company , a helpmate and look what that started!

        And little over the top, I admit ~ but humor is good for the soul.

        These people don’t just get in to steal Chris ~ they love to control, dominate and destroy your little play house. Make you cry over your loss and spend your money.

        The “Disease” comes free, ~ the cure is what kills you and it’s not cheap.

      • deerinwater

        side note,~ you are so correct. Chris ~ I pay for professionalism and expect it . I’m a injured party if I don’t get it and have a clear course of action.

        I don’t expect anything if i didn’t pay for anything. ~ Chris ~ one thing always lead to another.

        I had to have the gun to get the gold, I had to have the gold to get the girl. ~ Now I need a bail bondman, a good attorney or just a file.

        The circle would be unbroken until our final reward ~ and I’m not sure that it stops there, It might just be the beginning of a larger circle.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        I HEAR ‘YA, “deerinwater.”

  • Don

    i use paypal for ebay purchases. i wonder if it is safe.

    • deerinwater

      Don ask; “i use paypal for ebay purchases. i wonder if it is safe?”

      I say, Don, ~ it is until it isn’t. ~ They work hard to make it secure, it’s an industry that depends on security ~ but you must do your part . ~ You have a part to play in matters of security.

  • Left Coast Chuck

    You all act like you don’t know what a mail cover is. Any federal agency can walk into the post office and ask for a mail cover. It doesn’t require a subpoena and it is a secret process. The agency that wants the mail cover just looks at your mail. They don’t open it, that requires a search warrant. They just see who is sending you what. You would be amazed at what your mailman knows about you. (Yeah, I know I am an anachronism left over from the dark ages the P.C. term is “mail carrier”) I used to prepare and maintain mailing lists for different organizations and I was always amazed at what I learned from that little exercise. Mail cover has probably existed since the War of Secession. I really don’t know how long it has been the practice of federal agencies but it wouldn’t surprise me if it had been a practice since the mid 1800′s. I do know it has existed for at least 50 years.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    I AM NOT, COMPUTER-LITERATE; SO, I DO NOT KNOW WHAT Wi-Fi IS, OR, HOW IT WORKS. AT ANY RATE, I AM NOT ASHAMED OF MY ONLINE ACTIVITIES. Google, Federal Communications Commission AND Department of Homeland Security ARE FREE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING ON MY COMPUTER.

    I WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR.

    • deerinwater

      That is good Chris ~ and that is the way all of us should be, ~ willing to say what we mean and mean what we say and willing to stand behind it. ~

      But as far as Security matters and the Net, ~ it would be in your best interest to understand your “liabilities”. ~ Fore warned is fore armed.

      It might appear innocent ~ but the practice of violation someone space is not benign in nature.

      Good fences makes for good neighbors.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “deerinwater,”

        AS YOU KNOW, Christopher Allen Horton, IS MY REAL NAME. THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE COMMENTS I HAVE MADE ON THIS SITE WHICH ARE NEGATIVE IN REFERENCE TO THE KENYAN AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. REMEMBER, “deerinwater,” I BELIEVE Osama bin Laden WAS WRONGFULLY MURDERED. IS THAT – OR, ANYTHING ELSE I HAVE TYPED – TREASON?

        SO, “deerinwater,” I WOULD BE A HYPOCRITE BY PARTICIPATING ON A SITE WHICH PROMOTES PERSONAL LIBERTY, THEN, HIDE IN THE CORNER WHEN THE “G-MEN COME KNOCKIN’ AT MY DOOR.”

  • http://midcontent ridge runner

    Does anyone remember when the Clinton moved in to the WH and when they moved out. First order of busoiness was to hire convicted felons to be in charge of security, no back ground ckecks or arrest records, these perps were collection info by using the big vlue computer to trace any one these two smucks didn’t like, of course Whore hound was behaving like a facist/ communist lover, tring to assualt any thing that crawled, Hillary was playing grab azz and more with Vince Foster, who was moved dead to a loney spot with a bad lead migraine head ache. Again these 2 pukes were worshippers of communist doctrine andadmired any type of marxist BS, check out their beleifs and who they ran around with.

  • Steve

    I use Startpage.com. It queries google and
    displays the results for you all with out recording your IP address. Those fine folks are working on an email client as well.

  • Randy

    Your Worried About Google Doing This well what about our Government doing this.

    “Have you heard about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NTSA’s) latest plan?

    They are proposing the implementation of a new law that would basically require ALL passenger cars and trucks manufactured after September 2014 be equipped with a “black box,” similar to what’s currently installed on airplanes.

    These boxes could be capable of tracking things like speed, location, number of passengers, etc.

    It’s not clear exactly how these “black boxes” would be used, but it’s important to note that this isn’t something that has to pass through Congress…

    The NTSA has full authority to change vehicle requirements on their own, and they’re scheduled to make their final decision, later this year.”

    We as Americans need to get our Priorities straight.

    If You are soooo worried about what is on the net and who has access to it, then sell your computer, have your electricity turned of, Get rid of your cellphone, Through out your TV and move to an Amish community.

  • http://midcontent ridge runner

    Since WSJ and other news organizations, and several government sites have been hacked into by the yellow peril over several years, and what do you think happened? Hillary, Rice and all the dumbocrats actrd like trained pups in and around these communist pukes. The facist/communist democrat party is real close to reaching their long held beleive of government total control, only the muslim marxist may be over reaching with gun control, which memories of Hitler, and all dictators over the years. The Mendez behavior and tax non payment is more corruption of the dumbocrap puke party.

  • Toy

    I came across a list of significant words that “They” look for on the Net.
    Add these to every Email you send and swamp the B*********!
    Sorry, can’t find the List at the moment!

  • Hoser

    Hey Bro, what do you make of this: ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐

  • Robot

    This is ridiculous. They have the equipment on the truck to swipe data off non password protected wifi?! I have the equipment to do that! Yes Google gathers any information about people it can to better its website but they DO NOT supply the government with it. The government has come to Google many times demanding them to give up information about certain people and they always refuse saying it’s an invasion of privacy. China refuses to let it’s people use Google because when they tried coming to them they demanded to censor a lot of things and Google once again told them no that isn’t what they are about. Also they are not breaking the law by taking that information when you did nothing to secure it depending on what they are doing with it. If it freaks you out so damn much put a password on, done.

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