Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Sep 25, 2013, 03:07 PM   #1
chimpboy74
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Scotland
Question on google and privacy

Sorry if this seems like a stupid question but I have just been discussing my switch from iOS to android on another forum. A couple if people commented that they wouldn't want google getting access to their data.

What sort if thing should I be wary of and what might the consequences be??
__________________
Yours faithfully,
Chimpboy74
chimpboy74 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 25, 2013, 04:50 PM   #2
samcraig
macrumors G5
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
Sorry if this seems like a stupid question but I have just been discussing my switch from iOS to android on another forum. A couple if people commented that they wouldn't want google getting access to their data.

What sort if thing should I be wary of and what might the consequences be??
Do you use gmail, maps, etc? I'm not sure what the real question is. If you upload stuff to the cloud - you're never "safe" - the internet is forever
samcraig is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 25, 2013, 05:42 PM   #3
chimpboy74
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Scotland
I use Google contacts, mail, calendars, chrome etc

The comment was " I wouldn't want Google getting access to my data"

Do they sell this stuff on or something? If its just for targetted ads I can live with that.
chimpboy74 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 25, 2013, 08:01 PM   #4
onthecouchagain
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
You don't have anything to worry about.
onthecouchagain is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 25, 2013, 08:56 PM   #5
Krimsonmyst
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
I use Google contacts, mail, calendars, chrome etc

The comment was " I wouldn't want Google getting access to my data"

Do they sell this stuff on or something? If its just for targetted ads I can live with that.
People with tinfoil hats on, nothing else.
Ignore and move along.
Krimsonmyst is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 25, 2013, 09:04 PM   #6
Technarchy
macrumors 68040
 
Technarchy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Here are your options:


Live with it, or don't use the internet. There is no privacy on the internet. It's a big brother dream come true, and there is absolutely no way, no how around it if you like the services Google offers.

I do. I tried dumping all Google services and cracked after a month or so because everyone else sorta sucks at web services.
__________________
Steve Jobs, January 9th 2007, 10:44am: "We filed for over 200 patents for all the inventions in iPhone and we intend to protect them."
Technarchy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 26, 2013, 01:47 AM   #7
chimpboy74
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Scotland
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krimsonmyst View Post
People with tinfoil hats on, nothing else.
Ignore and move along.
I had an idea it might be that. I figured apple had all of that data from me too!!
__________________
Yours faithfully,
Chimpboy74
chimpboy74 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 26, 2013, 03:40 AM   #8
Krimsonmyst
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
I had an idea it might be that. I figured apple had all of that data from me too!!
Spot on. Apple has the exact same info on you that Google has.
But as we know is true for a lot of people, Apple is pure and righteous, everyone else (especially Google and Samsung) are evil and soul sucking.

Nothing to worry about mate.
Krimsonmyst is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 26, 2013, 06:17 AM   #9
chimpboy74
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Scotland
Its funny. Setting up my nexus I saw a check box relating to advert info. When I checked it it said I would still receive ads but just not based on what I normally look at. I figured if I was to see adverts they might at least have some interest to me!!
chimpboy74 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 29, 2013, 06:14 AM   #10
ReelAction
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NorCal
Quote:
Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
I use Google contacts, mail, calendars, chrome etc

The comment was " I wouldn't want Google getting access to my data"

Do they sell this stuff on or something? If its just for targetted ads I can live with that.
Privacy is not about hardware, it is all about services provided.

Google - a wealth of services, with minimal personal protection.

Apple - fairly good protection of personal details, with good (not great) services.

Yahoo - they have sold out to most everyone, should you trust them???????

Facebook - Understand that everything posted on this site is fair game

Microsoft - they are doing anything to get back in the game, but be careful.

LinkedIn - have been under the “radar”, but moving forward who knows?

Twitter - must I say more.......?
ReelAction is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 29, 2013, 12:25 PM   #11
Dr McKay
macrumors 68040
 
Dr McKay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kirkland
Send a message via MSN to Dr McKay Send a message via Skype™ to Dr McKay
Quote:
Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
Its funny. Setting up my nexus I saw a check box relating to advert info. When I checked it it said I would still receive ads but just not based on what I normally look at. I figured if I was to see adverts they might at least have some interest to me!!
Google has the exact same policy that Apple and Microsoft, Facebook whatever has. They will pass on details about your perceived interests etc. If you google a lot of Cell Phone related stuff, hang around on sites like Android Central, iPhone sites etc Google will assume you have an interest in Cell Phones and pass on to people looking to target Cell Phone ads. The next time you visit a site with Ads on, it would be an ad about Cell Phones, not something random like Viagra.

They don't pass on any personal details about you, they even try and guess your age in your advertising profile, even though Google knows your real Date of Birth. I can't remember the exact page, but Google lets you view the page with all the details about you that they pass on.

Mine was like "Male, 30-40. Interested in Technology, Video Gaming, Photography".

That was about the extent of it.
__________________
If only I could be so grossly incandescent.
Dr McKay is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 29, 2013, 01:17 PM   #12
Elit3
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
Sorry if this seems like a stupid question but I have just been discussing my switch from iOS to android on another forum. A couple if people commented that they wouldn't want google getting access to their data.

What sort if thing should I be wary of and what might the consequences be??
Absolutely nothing....unless they become skynet, heres why:
1. All companies collect info, out of all the companies, Google is probably the most trustworthy
2. Apple also do this, so do FaceBook, and Twitter.
3. You probably have GMAIL and youtube anyway right?
4. They use this information to benefit you, even if they are selling it, or giving it to the government (like everyone else) hahaha sorry, just a stur, they are using it for amazing services like google now.
5. They have proved this by sueing the government over the NSA.

You have nothing to worry about, and if you did, you would having FaceBook, YouTube (google owned), a smartphone of any type (iphone included), twitter, basically having a piece of technology.

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
I use Google contacts, mail, calendars, chrome etc

The comment was " I wouldn't want Google getting access to my data"

Do they sell this stuff on or something? If its just for targetted ads I can live with that.
Google would be the last company to start selling your info, mate. Nothing to worry about.
Elit3 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Google to Pay $17 Million Settlement to States in Safari Privacy Circumvention Case MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 93 Nov 20, 2013 09:03 PM
Security/Privacy - Google Search ck758 MacBook Pro 1 Nov 1, 2013 06:31 AM
What do you think about Google's Privacy Policy? Manicmonday Apple, Industry and Internet Discussion 26 Apr 23, 2013 02:16 AM
Google to Pay $22.5 Million Settlement in Safari Privacy Circumvention Case MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 182 Aug 12, 2012 07:07 PM
Google and FTC Near Deal for Record $22.5 Million Fine over Safari Privacy Circumvention MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 90 Aug 7, 2012 10:48 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:45 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC