Microsoft isn't the only company that may be spying on you and violating your privacy........Digital Privacy

I'm sure by now you've heard the news about Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 10 and how they are using it to spy on you and violate your privacy. This may come as shock to some people but I hate to tell you they are just one company in a long list of corporations that are all violating your privacy, spying on you and sometimes selling your data. 

 "Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out"-BGR

"Is Windows 10 Spying On You? Privacy Fears Raised As OS Secretly Contacts Microsoft Regardless Of Settings" -IBTimes

"How To Stop Windows 10 From Spying On You"-Redmond Pie

The media is over run with hyped up horror stories of what Windows 10 is doing with your personal information. It is portrayed as secretly spying on you completely unbeknownst to you at all. I think the media has taken something out of context and blown it into something gigantic. Of course people fear the unknown and far too many people believe everything they see and hear. Granted Microsoft may be acquiring some of your data and using it, but they aren't the only ones. Below is a list of some companies that are doing the same thing and have been for a very long time.

  • Google
  • Apple
  • Yahoo
  • Bing
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat
  • Uber
  • Samsung

This is a very small list of corporations involved in collecting your data. These corporations collect vast amounts of user data including your internet searches, your emails, your contacts, your internet history, where you've traveled, Wi-Fi networks you've connected to and more.  Google is king of information collection by far,  they are everywhere. On your computer, your phone and all over the internet. Not only are they the most popular search engine in the world, they are also the most popular mobile OS in the world. The Android mobile operating system had 78% of the market share in 2015. Chrome, Google's own web browser, is also the most popular web browser. It is used by 35% of people.  Not convinced? Read this report about the world's most popular web browsers and check the IDC's report here on  mobile operating systems market shares.  This article gives you an in depth look at others ways Google collects your data. Want to know some of the information that Google has about you? Check out these six links that can give you a glimpse of what information Google has about you.

Apple collects data in a similar fashion. Facebook is collecting user data even when you aren't logged into Facebook, "According to a USA Today spokesperson, "Every time one logs onto Facebook it inserts a "session cookie" and a "browser cookie" into one's browser. If one visits the site without signing up on the browser, cookie is inserted. From that point on, each time you visit a site which uses Facebook technology, the cookie alerts Facebook to the date, time and URL of the page you are viewing. The unique characteristics like one's IP address, screen resolution, operating system and browser version, are also recorded by the social networking site." Arturo Bejar, Facebook's engineering director was quoted as saying, "To do this, it relies on tracking cookie technologies similar to the controversial systems used by Google, Adobe, Microsoft, Yahoo and others in the online advertising industry."(eventcombo). There is no shortage of companies that are violating your privacy, collecting and selling your information out there.

Your own technology can be used to spy on you. Smart phones have been doing this for some time now. People love handing over their hard earned money for their new, shiny tracking devices. Smart phones are able to collect a very large assortment of data about their user. This includes, who you contact, where you go, your private emails and messages, sometimes what you purchase and much more. Smart phones aren't the only technology used to collect data about you.

Here's a list of other technology that can also be used to spy on you.

  • Smart TVs
  • Your Car
  • Xbox Kinect
  • Amazon's Echo
  • Hello's Sense

As the Internet of Things becomes part of everyday life the number of devices keeping tabs on you will grow exponentially. Imagine the data your smart house, your car, or the billions of other sensors we will be interacting with daily, will be giving these corporations. We live in an interconnected world run by technology. What did you expect? 

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