We have lost our privacy and there isn’t much we can do about it

A research paper from Trinity College Dublin has shed some light on the fact that Google was collecting data through the use of its phone dialer and messaging applications. This is a very boring way to tell you the same thing you might have read about how Google was being evil and harvesting information about who you call and what you text your friends. It’s also a good segue to talk about the bigger problem of user privacy in the digital age.

What Google did was wrong. Let’s be clear about that. But what Google did was also something it told you about in advance and technically gave you the ability to opt-out of. “Technically.”

Sensationalism aside, collecting data about our phone calls isn’t a great thing and we’re right to be concerned about it.

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