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If you are someone who thinks that only you know your whereabouts, then this Twitter thread will definitely turn your head around. Dylan Curran, a web developer, and technical consultant has shared some scary findings of how much data Google and Facebook has on you "without you even realizing it."
In a series of tweets, which has been retweeted more than 200k times, and got a shout-out from NSA's whistleblower Edward Snowden, shows how detailed information about an individual is harvested by internet giants Google and Facebook.
1. https://t.co/1z255Zt1zf Google stores your location (if you have it turned on) every time you turn on your phone, and you can see a timeline from the first day you started using Google on your phone— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
If the tweets are to be believed, Google keeps a record of a person's location every time their phone is on. It also keeps a timeline of place a person has been since they started using it. Google also keeps track of all the places on a small map called Timeline.
2. This is every place I have been in the last twelve months in Ireland, going in so far as the time of day I was in the location and how long it took me to get to that location from my previous one pic.twitter.com/I1kB1vwntT— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
The developer also states that Google stores "search history across all your devices on a separate database." "So even if you delete your search history and phone history, Google STILL stores everything until you go in and delete everything and you have to do this on all devices."
3. https://t.co/qFCgY6QLN5 Google stores search history across all your devices on a separate database, so even if you delete your search history and phone history, Google STILL stores everything until you go in and delete everything, and you have to do this on all devices— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
The tweets suggest that Google also creates an advertisement profile based on your personal info, which can even have your 'possible weight.'
"Google stores ALL of your YouTube history, so they know whether you're going to be a parent soon, if you're a conservative, if you're a progressive, if you're Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, if you're feeling depressed or suicidal, if you're anorexic," wrote Curran.
11. This includes every message you've ever sent or been sent, every file you've ever sent or been sent, all the contacts in your phone, and all the audio messages you've ever sent or been sent pic.twitter.com/H8ng7bcyod— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
Apart from Google, Facebook also has a lot of data on you. The social media giant keeps track of every message you've ever sent or received, alongside all the contacts on your phone and all the audio sent to and fro. The company also stores what it thinks might interest you based on posts you've liked and "what you and your friends talk about."
12. Facebook also stores what it think you might be interested in based off the things you've liked and what you and your friends talk about (I apparently like the topic 'Girl') pic.twitter.com/fqKiNlfATO— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
These findings became even scarier when Curran shared screenshots of the "Google Takeout document," that shows "all the different ways they get your information."
15. And they store all the applications you've ever had connected to your Facebook account, so they can guess I'm interested in politics and web and graphic design, that I was single between X and Y period with the installation of Tinder, and I got a HTC phone in November... pic.twitter.com/bkXruVZxLP— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018
To get an even more detailed insight on how your data has been stored by these companies, do give this Twitter thread a read.