BOVARD: Google Is Exploiting User Data For Its Political Agenda

Rachel Bovard, MRC Free Speech America Board Advisor says Google uses user data for its political purposes.

An op-ed containing the New York PostBovard asserts that user data can be stored by the company whenever certain apps are used on a smartphone or computer.

“Anytime you open an app powered by Google Maps API, like Uber, Lyft, Waze, or even Yelp, you are sending data to Google. The same applies to Spotify which is hosted on Google Cloud. Google gets data whenever your smartphone, computer and smart device communicate with any of the 14,232.576 IP addresses it controls. Google ads and analytics track you across the web — from shopping, to searching, and even filing your taxes with the IRS.”

Bovard asserts that users also have significant rights under this surveillance system.

“While Google profits wildly from this data, it’s also used for less savory ends,” she added. “The government can compel access to Google’s data horde with a warrant, subpoena, or court order, and according to the company’s transparency report, it complies roughly 80% of the time.” 

Google’s actions should come as no surprise. NewsBusters earlier this month reported that Google will erase data from patients who have had an abortion at clininc.

“[Google]There was a lot of pressure from Democratic Party lawmakers. 42 demanded that Google not track the location information for those who seek illegal abortions. Following such pressure, lo and behold, the platform announced that it will delete user location data for abortion clinic patients.” 

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