Originally Posted by ljocampo
For the most part, Apple is synonymous with quality but that's not why I remain loyal to their brand. The main reason, and most important to me, is trust. I trust Apple to do everything in their power to keep my privacy and personal data securely safe within their ecosystem.
I don't trust Google, Facebook, or the Android platform. Google and Facebook's main product is you; those who use their free services. Many Android developers are more of the same. I'd rather pay for those services and not be open to an invasion of my privacy or sold to the highest bidder.
Originally Posted by digitalclips
I totally agree with you. BTW you can add LinkedIn to that list of what not to trust!
It pleases me greatly to see more and more people finally paying attention to these issues. Too many lemmings these days reel out the "tinfoil hat" comments, but the ramifications of the personal and profiling data that these companies have on hundreds of millions
of people is mind boggling and unprecedented in the history of the world. It's scary and dangerous.
Google's management will change over the coming years and they are under no legal obligation to hold their users' data private, nor are they "hack-proof", as the Chinese break-in proved. And for those of you who fear the gov't, they can practically single-source complete profiles of anyone they like from Google. Read this to confirm that they do.
Scroll down to the bottom to see the US #s.
While Google may try in some ways to be a "good guy", Facebook doesn't even hide their intent, which is to push everyone to share everything they do, everywhere they go and everyone they meet. Online, for all to see. The problem is, they pretend that much more is private than is in reality, and they keep moving that line to suit their own needs, not their users' needs.
LinkedIn is another example of a company that started off with seemingly good intent, but can't resist the temptation to take advantage of the fact that their users trust them with lots of personal data.
So my question is: both of you state that you don't trust these companies, but do you use their services? Any of them? Do you take active measures to thwart their data-gathering tools? (You don't need to explicitly sign up for their services to have your personal information scraped as you cruise the web). Or have you caved into the "free" (yeah, right!) aspect of these systems, and passed all your professional info to LinkedIn and signed up for gmail? I have not.