Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information?
5 views | +0 today
Follow
Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information?
Google Now was designed to be Android's version of Siri... a personal assistant; but did they go too far with the cards it creates by mining data out of your activities within Google applications and programs...
Curated by Danielle May
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Danielle May
Scoop.it!

The Service of Snowden

The Service of Snowden | Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information? | Scoop.it
Deluded geek endangering his country or brave American? History will judge Snowden kindly.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Danielle May
Scoop.it!

“Google Now” Knows More About You Than Your Family Does - Are You OK With That?

“Google Now” Knows More About You Than Your Family Does - Are You OK With That? | Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information? | Scoop.it
The new Google Now feature unveiled this week at the Google I/O developers conference is designed to automatically present the information you need - even before you ask for it.
Danielle May's insight:

I received my Galaxy S4 this past week and it is my first phone with the Jellybean version of Android. Included in this version was a new feature (to me) called "Google Now". I had a flight to Chicago te following day and my confirmation email was still sitting in my gmail inbox. As soon as the phone synced with my Google account, the Google Now 'cards' showed that my flight was so far listed as 'on time'. I was completely astonished because I had never told Google anything about my trip... The feature had gone in, since I was already logged in, researched my emails, and created a card for my flight information... it had also put a map in another card of the restaurant I had reservations for while in Chicago. I was completed astonished to know that Google Now really truly did know me better than my family. It's interesting and slightly shocking to know the lengths that this program will go in order to be your own personal assistant.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Danielle May
Scoop.it!

How Google products go from creepy to cool

How Google products go from creepy to cool | Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information? | Scoop.it
In the psychological evolution of Google products for people who rely on them every day, convenience regularly trumps privacy concerns. Are you cool with that? Read this article by Elinor Mills on CNET News.
Danielle May's insight:

This article explains the history or Google and its long running battle with privacy enthusiasts. Google has contextual ads which, like Google Now, uses data mining to tailor information to its user. Google has proven itself time and time again to be trustworthy so the fact that users "sacrifice" privacy for the sake of convenience doesn't seem to frighten many. A new perspective on the users perception of privacy is brought up in this article... we have been softened up to privacy and what we expose online as a result of social media. It's an interesting theory and one that warrants further research.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Danielle May
Scoop.it!

Google Now for iOS review: straddling the creepy line - Telegraph

Google Now for iOS review: straddling the creepy line - Telegraph | Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information? | Scoop.it
Google's just-in-time information service comes to iOS at last. Ian Douglas puts his privacy aside and dives in
Danielle May's insight:

This article puts into play nearly the exact feeling I had when I discovered the Google Now Cards on my phone. Very cool! with useful information BUT holy cow is that every creepy that it's able to weed all of that information out of only a few places.

The author points out that your opinion on privacy in relation to the cards is directly porportional to how you feel about Google's indexing of our personal information. Using Google Now to it's fullest potential (leaving all features turned on, leaving your location turned on, etc.) can be extremely rewarding as the information it supplies can be useful and helpful. If you trust Google and believe that they will not be selling your information off, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about in using Google Now. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Danielle May
Scoop.it!

Personal Assistant or Creeper???

Is Google Now creating privacy concerns for users?

Danielle May's insight:

Privacy is an on-going issue when it comes to personal information and the internet. It's difficult to know who to trust with our information. Oddly enough, users are still so quick to share every aspect of their lives with social media, blogs, forums, and chat; but this sharing is on their own time and of their own accord. Google Now was created to be like your own personal assistant. It reads through your internet history, emails, chat history (among otheer activities conducted within Google) and creates an agenda, gives you your favorite sports teams' updates, tells you what restaurants are nearby, and so much more. This information is all complied in one place on individual cards, directly on your homepage or home screen of your phone.

Some people find this to be creepy and that the blatant data mining of their personal information goes too far. The sharing of their data is all done behind the scene and can be miscontrued as "creepy" or "stalkerish". Personally, I find this to be convenient. I don't always have the time to compile all of my information for the day and Google Now does it all for me, every single day. In the days leading up to my trip, Google Now lists out my flight number and status, restaurants I will be visiting, and reservation info for my hotel. Very cool and very helpful!

Google has a reputable history of being trustworthy with the data we so willingly expose to them. So just go with it! You'll appreciate it and find what Google Now has to offer you will be extremely beneficial.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Danielle May
Scoop.it!

'Google Now's' Terrifying, Spine-Tingling, Bone-Chilling Insights Into Its Users

'Google Now's' Terrifying, Spine-Tingling, Bone-Chilling Insights Into Its Users | Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information? | Scoop.it
Tech writers seem to confuse "creepy" with "convenient" in talking about Google's new smartphone personal assistant, Now.
Danielle May's insight:

There aree many different opinions to whether Google Now is creepy or cool. This article includes insight and quotes from a number of different individuals about their thoughts of Google Now... positive and negative. There are some that I agree with and others that seem a little on the paranoid side. Google Now is Android's version of Apple's Siri. It's built to be your personal assistant, not your stalker. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Danielle May
Scoop.it!

Google Now: 'evolution of search' goes live for iOS

Google Now: 'evolution of search' goes live for iOS | Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information? | Scoop.it
'We want to bring our products to all of our users,' says Android product management director Baris Gultekin. By Stuart Dredge
Danielle May's insight:

Developers and promotional personnel for Google state, in regards to privacy, that all users are exposed to and should be aware of what all is entailed in any Google app. Google Now, using the single sign in of your Google account, will fish through your data and create cards based on what it finds. It also has some places for you to enter information in order to create cards. For example, it asked me for my favorite sports teams... being Stanley Cup Playoff time, I entered Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins. Updated daily, I get new cards that show the upcoming game times for both teams as well as up to date scores and previous scores.

Users, having the technical knowledge of the workings of Google settings, have the ability to opt out of Google Now's surprisingly wide reach; however, I have spent the last 20 minutes on my phone and in my Google account online and I have yet to find the opt out checkbox. I suppose the fact that they give us the option to opt out is good enough... no one said it had to be easy to find.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Danielle May
Scoop.it!

Google responds to privacy policy concerns - Tony Romm

Google responds to privacy policy concerns - Tony Romm | Is "Google Now" causing privacy issues with users' personal information? | Scoop.it
The company says users still have plenty of ways to control their personal data.
Danielle May's insight:

Google responds with exactly how to tailor your privacy settings to keep it's tools, including Google Now, from mining your personal information. Taking the time to be selective of what information you share with Google is the best way to protect yourself. Simply checking the box for terms and services and moving on without reviewing these settings or simply not caring about them can be dangerous. Whether you intend to change them or not, it would be wise for us to all review this information.

more...
No comment yet.