Google Knows Even More About You Than Facebook
Facebook knows way too much about all of us, but it’s not the only company hoarding everyone’s private data. Google knows just as much about us as Facebook (if not more), and that should trouble you, even if that data hasn’t been used as recklessly—at least, not that we know of.
When it comes to basic personal info, both companies are on pretty even footing. Assuming you feed them a normal amount of information, Facebook and Google both know your age, gender, where you live, your social circle, what you do for a living, and
If you don’t like either platform knowing this information about you, there’s not much you can do about it. Even deleting your account won’t work. Facebook has admitted to creating “shadow profiles” for non-users, and according to The Wall Street Journal, Google likely does the same thing.
Google’s great data advantage: Android and Maps
If you use an Android phone, your entire history of calls and text messages is accessible by Google. It’s unclear if Google is personally storing all that data, though it does offer access to the information in some cases. As for Facebook, the company used its Messenger app to grab call and text history from Android users for years.
One area where Google easily beats Facebook is its location tracking. Thanks to the popularity of Google Maps, the company has a detailed account of pretty much every place you’ve even been, and can easily geo-target advertising your way. (You can check out your own Google Maps history here, or click on “Manage Location History” in the bottom right corner to switch it off.)