Google Photos has recently introduced a new feature – face detection in photos. It joins the list of others whose task is to track users.
It is widely known that technology is increasingly affecting privacy. However, of all Google, it is the best example. His level of tracking significantly exceeds the vision of the world created by Georg Orwell in '1984'. Big Brother today is Google.
Google knows what you look like
Face detection has officially appeared on Google photos . The album not only creates folders for the places we visited and the themes of the frame shots. From now on, a separate folder contains faces that often scroll in photos. You can add a name to selected faces or simply select a person from the contact list. So now the phone number will be connected to a specific face. The new algorithm is still underdeveloped, so Google categorizes completely different faces as the same. The new feature they are currently working on will allow you to manually select faces, and this will help the algorithm learn to recognize better.I wonder, however, doesn't that sound a bit scary to you? Reading "1984", I was impressed by how accurately Orwell predicted that someday the screens would be used not only to watch them, but also to watch us. Today, more and more people are covering cams in laptops (with Mark Zuckerberg at the forefront) because they are fully aware of this. However, the amount of data Google has about each of us is beginning to bother me. Let's summarize. The company knows what interests you at the moment, thanks to what you enter in the search engine. He knows what movies you like to watch (YouTube). Thanks to Android, it tracks your every step via a smartphone. He knows where you appear, what driver you are (Google Maps), has access to your contacts, text messages, knows your card number and knows what you are spending (Google Pay). He knows your voice and listens to you all the time (Google Assistant). All this has access to your private photos. He catalogs and processes them. Google knows what you look like and what you do every day. Google knows everything about you.
A data leak in Google is a disaster
Of course, we believe that this data is stored by the group only for our own good, and the main purpose of collecting data is to match ads, which gives the company the opportunity to earn. There is no doubt that Google's interference in privacy is sometimes useful . When your phone is destroyed, Google will let you recover contacts or valuable photos. If you lose it, it will allow you to locate it, block it, and even call him, even if it was muted. On the other hand, we must live with the awareness that someone has our sensitive data, can access it at any time. Even more frightening is that someone can access this data. And we know well that there are no safeguards that hackers won't break sooner or later.
How to protect your privacy?
Is there a way to protect yourself from all this? It would be best to stop using phones and replace them with "bricks", and Google should always be used without logging in. However, we know very well that these days it is rather impossible. However, it is worth being aware that all our data is available. No one on the internet is anonymous and you have to have it on the back of your head when using devices connected to it. So let's think twice before taking a picture. Also, always set up your Android phone so that you give only the consent you need. Google is following us and if we are aware of it, maybe it will be easier for us to limit its possibilities so as not to share with the group the details of our lives that we would like to leave only to ourselves.