Which Is Why No One Should Be Using Google

I try to avoid using Google as a search engine. Matt Gaetz: Google Using ‘Market Dominance’ in Search to Engage in ‘Election Interference’.

It stopped answering the question I asked, started answering the question they were sure I meant to ask, and then instead of answering either question honestly, they started to give the information they thought I needed to know. Yeah, no thanks.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday on big tech and antitrust that Google is using its “market dominance” in search to engage in “election interference,” such as censoring Breitbart News and other conservative outlets.

Now I don’t usually read or link to Breitbart, but in this case they get it right.

I usually use the DuckDuckGo.com search engine, but even Bing can be more impartial than Google.

Google Has Patient Data – Wants to Squeeze More Money

What a shock. Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans.

Google quietly partnered last year with Ascension—the country’s second-largest health system—and has since gained access to detailed medical records on tens of millions of Americans, according to a November 11 report by The Wall Street Journal.

The endeavor, code-named “Project Nightingale,” has enabled at least 150 Google employees to see patient health information, which includes diagnoses, laboratory test results, hospitalization records, and other data, according to internal documents and the newspaper’s sources. In all, the data amounts to complete medical records, WSJ notes, and contains patient names and birth dates.

So much for protections for privacy.

Adware Found in Google Play Store Apps

Because of course it is. New Google Android Malware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users.

Adware is a type of malware that hides on your device so it can serve you unwanted adverts, including scam ads. On top of this, adware-containing apps can drain battery resources, increase network traffic and gather your personal information.

No one seems to be able to produce a simple list of the apps in question. Everyone is just reproducing the image published by ESET. So here’s a link to the image at Forbes.

Even legitimate apps seem to collect an awful lot of data, usually by way of their integration with F*c*book, and even if you aren’t logged into FB, or even if you don’t have an account. Malware is of course over the top.

All of the impacted apps have been removed from the Play Store, but some are available from other locations.

Since I had a story on the Apple problems yesterday…

Welcome to the Panoptican

Netflix. Roku. Smart-TVs. They are all spying on you. Facebook and Google have ad trackers on your streaming TV, studies find.

Modern TV, coming to you over the Internet instead of through cable or over the air, has a modern problem: all of your Internet-connected streaming devices are watching you back and feeding your data to advertisers. Two independent sets of researchers this week released papers that measure the extent of the surveillance your TV is conducting on you. They also sort out who exactly is benefiting from the massive amounts of consumer data that is taken with or without consumer knowledge.

They just can’t stand the idea that you have any privacy. Or that you think thoughts they don’t approve of, but that’s another story.

Google: Modern Tech’s Answer to the Soviet Union

How dare you blow the whistle on Google? Retaliation? Google Whistleblower Claims FBI, SWAT, Bomb Squad Appeared at His Home.

“They got inside the gate, the police, and they started banging on my door… And so the police decided that they were going to call in additional forces. They called in the FBI, they called in the SWAT team. And they called in a bomb squad,” Vorhies told Project Veritas.

“From what I’ve understood from other attorneys, they are trying to establish that I’ve got some sort of mental problem in order to make their case easier. This is a large way in which they intimidate their employees that go rogue on the company,” he explained.

Which is straight out of the playbook of the USSR. (Hat tip to Doug Ross.)

Google: “Like a horror movie villain that just won’t die”

When they first got busted on this, they said, just delete the emails. Google Keeps Gmail Purchase History.

At the time, Google claimed it tracks the info so that Google Assistant can track packages or reorder items, adding that users could simply delete everything by tapping into a purchase and removing the Gmail. However, it only worked if each purchase was deleted individually, which could take hours or even days depending on a person’s purchase history.

Still, Haselton decided to delete everything in his Gmail inbox — more than a decade of information. And it didn’t work.

Even after deleting all those emails, Google still had a record of his purchases.

“Like a horror movie villain that just won’t die,” he wrote, adding that he can “still see receipts for things I bought years ago. Prescriptions, food deliveries, books I bought on Amazon, music I purchased from iTunes, a subscription to Xbox Live I bought from Microsoft — it’s all there. Google continues to show me purchases I’ve made recently, too. I can’t delete anything and I can’t turn it off.”

I still have a Gmail account connected to this blog, though I may dump it as well. But Google is mostly out of my life. It should be out of yours as well.

Google Calls Orthodox Jew a Nazi

In what has to be THE most bone-headed view of the year (maybe of the century)… Google Calls Ben Shapiro A Nazi.

In a Facebook post, Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, described the email as “UNBELIEVABLE.” Shapiro is a practicing Orthodox Jew and a graduate of a Yeshiva high school.

What they really mean is, “Ben Shapiro doesn’t agree with us, and we can’t counter his arguments, so let’s just censor him.”

The best quote comes from Rep. Dan Crenshaw, see the link below, where he asks, “What kind of education do the people at Google have?” To label an Orthodox Jew, who is routinely attacked by the alt-right, a Nazi is the stupidest position Google has had in a long time. And that is saying something.

The video of Rep. Crenshaw is worth the 5 minutes of your time. Watch – Rep. Dan Crenshaw Slams Big Tech for Classifying Jewish Conservatives as ‘Nazis’.

So the first thing to do, is stop using Google. DuckDuckGo is a fine search engine, and handles most of my web searches. I still have 2 email addresses that are Gmail. (one is tied to this blog), but I will be changing that in the very near future. (I have several other email providers, aside from Google. If anyone has a candidate they like, please leave a comment.)

YouTube Censors Project Veritas for Covering Google

The least surprising news of the week. YouTube Suppresses Project Veritas Exposé of Google Election Meddling.

But the video is on Vimeo (see below) and also, as I mentioned the other day, on BitChute, because everyone knew this would happen.

Google Hates Privacy

And so they play games with privacy settings. Google Payment Privacy Settings Hidden Behind Special URL.

This Settings page can be accessed using the navigation sidebar, as shown below, or directly through the URL https://pay.google.com/payments/u/0/home#settings. From the Settings screen you can set your address, payment users, some general settings, and other information. There is, though, no privacy settings on this page when accessing it normally.

Because Google thinks they have the RIGHT to know every time you stop at Starbucks, what you had for lunch yesterday, how many drinks you paid for at happy hour, etc.

Google – the New Thought Police

Google is about the same as F*c*book. They want everyone to think the same thoughts. Algorithms of Suppression.

The Claremont Institute has launched a campaign to engage our fellow citizens in discussion and debate about what it means to be an American. As part of that effort, we have begun to point out the increasingly existential danger of identity politics and political correctness to our republic. As if to prove our point, Google has judged our argument as wrongthink that should be forbidden. They are now punishing us for our political thought by refusing to let us advertise to our own readers.

Soon anyone espousing anything like “conservative values” will be blocked from Google, F*c*book and Twitter. Because you dare to disagree with your masters in Tech, so you will be silenced.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who notes

Google, like the mainstream media establishment, has decided that President Trump’s election proves that freedom of speech is dangerous, and so anything that might conceivably prevent the election of a Democrat in 2020 must be suppressed as some form of “hate speech.”

And also to Instapundit, who notes that Google dropped “Don’t Be Evil” and went to Full Evil.

And you can Live Without Google. Or mostly, anyway.

Welcome to the Police State

I think it was the Stazi that said, “If you know everything, you can control anyone.” Close Enough.

Police departments are using “reverse location search warrants” to force Google to hand over data on anyone near a crime scene.

Because Google is already running surveillance on everyone, why keep the data away from the .gov?

Many privacy advocates argue that these sort of indiscriminate data sweeps are prohibited under the Fourth Amendment, which generally dictates that searches by law enforcement need to be specific and limited only to what’s necessary. “[Law enforcement] needs to suspect a particular person or criminal activity, not just go, for example, search every home in a given area,” says Jennifer Lynch, who serves as the surveillance-litigation director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Hat tip to Schneier on Security, who notes…

Once you have everyone under surveillance all the time, many things are possible.

NYPD Doesn’t Like the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press

But then they probably don’t like your First Amendment right to video them as they go about their day, either. NYPD demands Google stop revealing checkpoints on Waze.

The department fired off a cease-and-desist letter to Google over the weekend, demanding it “immediately remove this function from the Waze application,” and change all of its apps, including Google Maps, to prevent users from posting similar data.

Now what’s a Freedom-hating multinational corporation to do? Fight them on the Right to Publish news, or contribute to the furtherance of the Police State?

How Much Does Google Hate Privacy?

Enough to sabotage uBlock Origin and uMatrix. Chrome Extension Manifest V3 May Break uBlock Origin Content Blocker.

uBlock Origin keeps most adds off my browsers. But then I only use Chrome anymore, when I am testing something. Because privacy.

This won’t win me back.

Developer Raymond Hill says that phasing out ‘webRequest’ API in favor of the ‘declarativeNetRequest’ API would mean the death of uBlock Origin, his highly popular extension for filtering web content, used by over 10 million users.

Like I said, I don’t use Chrome, and unless they force this into the Chromium base – isn’t mentioned – I will keep using Opera and Vivaldi. (Both Chromium-based browsers). And I will keep using Firefox and Pale Moon – both Goanna-based browsers. Not to mention TOR every once in a while.

Just When I Thought Google Had Reached Peak Slime

I discover that in order to leave a comment on a Blogspot Blog, you need to allow third-party cookies. I guess too many people have followed the advice to disallow 3rd-party cookies.

So when faced with slime, I fight it with slime. In this case Microsoft Edge. Which is also slime. I don’t use Edge for anything, except when I run into problems like this. And I have it set to delete cookies when I exit. So in order to comment, I enabled 3rd-party cookies. (I disabled it again, so even if I forget, the rule of one-thing-at-a-time in edge will handle it..)

They really and truly need to be destroyed, or at least busted up and hemmed in. They dropped “Don’t be evil” and went straight to maximum evil. Monopolies who are not good for anything.

Google is the New USSR

Because the Truth is so 20th Century. Google: ‘To Control the Narrative, We Planted Stories with Journalists’.

What happened to Damore was eerily reminiscent of Stalin-era purges in the Soviet Union — the dezinformatsiya campaign spread through party-controlled channels, demonizing the targets as an “enemy of the people” (vrag naroda) to justify their destruction.

Damore was the engineer who wrote the memo who dared to question the Google position on women in tech. He didn’t toe the line, so he had to be destroyed. And Google has the power to do it.

Since Alphabet Corp. HATES Privacy, Why Call This a Bug?

They promise privacy and don’t deliver. Color me shocked. Bug in Google+ API Puts at Risk Privacy of over 52 Million Users.

The exposure lasted for six days in November and was caused by a bug in the Google+ People application programming interface (API), specifically built to allow access to profile data with the owner’s consent.

Private data of users that did not give consent to apps to get their profile information was also exposed if they shared it with a profile that permitted such an app to access their profile details.

Google says, “No foul.” What else are the going to say? They Can’t say, “We hate privacy and everything to do with privacy, so we don’t really pay too much attention to this crap.” Which is probably how they really feel, but that would be bad PR.

This is 2nd bug in Google+ since October. So Google is pulling the plug in April. Because not very many people were using it anyway.

Google Gets Creepier Every Year

They want to monitor everything in your life. Everything. Google Reveals Plans to Monitor Our Moods, Our Movements, and Our Children’s Behavior at Home.

Google is developing smart-home products that are capable of eavesdropping on us throughout our home in order to learn more about us and better target us with advertising. It goes much further than the current Google Home speaker that’s promoted to answer our questions and provide useful information, and the Google-owned Nest thermostat that measures environmental conditions in our home. What the patents describe are sensors and cameras mounted in every room to follow us and analyze what we’re doing throughout our home.

They want to be able to recognize – via cameras – individuals. In their own homes.

You couldn’t pay me to have one of these things in my home.

Hat to Claire Wolfe and her Thursday Links, which you should definitely take a look at. This is (perhaps) the most upsetting link she highlights, but it isn’t the ONLY upsetting story. Not by a long shot.

Google+ Hack Convinces Google to End Google+

Or maybe it was the backlash after they covered up a data breach. Google+ to shut down after coverup of data-exposing bug.

A security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until Google discovered and patched it in March, but decided not to inform the world. When a user gave permission to an app to access their public profile data, the bug also let those developers pull their and their friends’ non-public profile fields.

They didn’t admit to any of this because – according to a company memo – they didn’t want the Cambridge-Analytica-style publicity. OK, now they have their own bad publicity.

Now Google+, which was already a ghost town largely abandoned or never inhabited by users, has become a massive liability for the company.

When will companies take security seriously? When an executive who makes a boneheaded decision – like either not funding security, or covering it up – is held accountable in a court of law. Nothing else is going to get it done.