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Topic # 143987 4-May-2014 10:20
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It's quite impressive how much info Google is gleaning from my email account!  (may or may not be a good thing).

I emailed my travel itinerary (in PDF format) from work to my Gmail account, I've now noticed that those Google Card things have populated with my flight details, calendar entry and weather in Sydney!

Very handy!  But a wee bit creepy :-)  Wonder what else they are pulling and collating ?





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  Reply # 1036328 4-May-2014 10:28
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And you were scared of the NSA....





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  Reply # 1036329 4-May-2014 10:30
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Always been more scared of Google than the NSA.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1036330 4-May-2014 10:32
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But whats funny is that google only know what you tell them.. So who is the one thats whinging about privacy?





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  Reply # 1036342 4-May-2014 10:52
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You're referring to Google Now.  And this is actually documented behaviour.

Essentially, Google is already scanning your email for advertising purposes (unless you're a Google Apps customer with Ads Disabled, or an Apps for Education/Apps for Government customer), so during this process they analyse to see if the email is a confirmation of a flight booking/restaurant booking/package shipment.  If it is, they create a Google Now card with the info about it.  Spooky if you don't know about it, kinda cool if you do.

Any Android devices will also display that information as well if you have Cards enabled.

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  Reply # 1036347 4-May-2014 10:59
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This makes me glad that I don't use any of that kind of technology. I use Google all the time, but not with any accounts.




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  Reply # 1036357 4-May-2014 11:09
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Mark: It's quite impressive how much info Google is gleaning from my email account!  (may or may not be a good thing).

I emailed my travel itinerary (in PDF format) from work to my Gmail account, I've now noticed that those Google Card things have populated with my flight details, calendar entry and weather in Sydney!

Very handy!  But a wee bit creepy :-)  Wonder what else they are pulling and collating ?



I always get scared by LinkedIn.

People you may know always seems to include people that there is no way they should know I may know..!! They supposedly have no access to my contacts and yet ask me if I know people I have not contacted in 10 years....





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Mark: It's quite impressive how much info Google is gleaning from my email account!  (may or may not be a good thing).

I emailed my travel itinerary (in PDF format) from work to my Gmail account, I've now noticed that those Google Card things have populated with my flight details, calendar entry and weather in Sydney!

Very handy!  But a wee bit creepy :-)  Wonder what else they are pulling and collating ?



They are pulling EVERYTHING.
The ONLY product Google has to sell is you.
Google makes its money from advertising, and the more they know about you, the more they know about YOU, the more targeted their
advertising aimed at you can be, and therefore Google can demand higher prices per advert because the advertiser is more likely to
have a click through and a sale.



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DarthKermit: This makes me glad that I don't use any of that kind of technology. I use Google all the time, but not with any accounts.


ROTFLMAO.
That does not matter.
They have your IP address, even if it changes there are limited numbers of IPs you will get
They have everything you have ever searched for, based on that they can determine
Gender
Age
Race
Employment
Religion
Political leanings
etc
etc
etc

Also by placing a "Cookie" on your computer they can track where you go.

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DarthKermit: This makes me glad that I don't use any of that kind of technology. I use Google all the time, but not with any accounts.

This makes me glad that I use that kind of technology. In 100 years I'll be dead and whatever trivia google cleaned about me will be irrelevant. In the interim, I love the fact that google helps me organise my information in a really super user friendly way. Why wouldn't you want your itinerary and destination information nicely packaged for you?

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  Reply # 1036376 4-May-2014 11:49
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DarthKermit: This makes me glad that I don't use any of that kind of technology. I use Google all the time, but not with any accounts.


Read this to see how hard staying anonymous is

http://time.com/83200/privacy-internet-big-data-opt-out/

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  Reply # 1036380 4-May-2014 12:05
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More scared of my Mum than NSA , GCSB and put together

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sir1963:
DarthKermit: This makes me glad that I don't use any of that kind of technology. I use Google all the time, but not with any accounts.


Read this to see how hard staying anonymous is

http://time.com/83200/privacy-internet-big-data-opt-out/




Total anonymity isn't possible; even if you have never used the internet.

I do my best to keep a low profile. Why? Because I just choose to.

I don't use credit cards, rarely use EFTPOS, I don't use cellphones, and rarely use WIFI. I don't use Facebook, Twitter or any other social media sites. That's just me.

My partner is on Facebook all the time and I ask her to keep me out of her discussions if she can, as it's just a giant gossip-fest to me.




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DarthKermit:
sir1963:
DarthKermit: This makes me glad that I don't use any of that kind of technology. I use Google all the time, but not with any accounts.


Read this to see how hard staying anonymous is

http://time.com/83200/privacy-internet-big-data-opt-out/




Total anonymity isn't possible; even if you have never used the internet.

I do my best to keep a low profile. Why? Because I just choose to.

I don't use credit cards, rarely use EFTPOS, I don't use cellphones, and rarely use WIFI. I don't use Facebook, Twitter or any other social media sites. That's just me.

My partner is on Facebook all the time and I ask her to keep me out of her discussions if she can, as it's just a giant gossip-fest to me.


Hi Stuart,

Guess Geekzone is not social site then.

Quick look though your profile-linked posts tells me where you went for dinner recently, your name, marital status, and a partial view of the outside of your house... And that was just 5 minutes manually....

It's true ly amazing what we unthinkingly share on discussion sites like this... Me included! :)

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  Reply # 1036430 4-May-2014 14:44
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Recently I bought something on Trademe and the seller emailed me the pickup address, say 10 Smith Street. I wasn't sure where that was so went to Google Maps and typed in "Smith". Before I got any further, GM flashed up 10 Smith Street as a suggested search term.  That creeped me out a bit.

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  Reply # 1036471 4-May-2014 15:45
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eracode: Recently I bought something on Trademe and the seller emailed me the pickup address, say 10 Smith Street. I wasn't sure where that was so went to Google Maps and typed in "Smith". Before I got any further, GM flashed up 10 Smith Street as a suggested search term.  That creeped me out a bit.

 

Was the trademe email sent to a gmail address? If so, google do scan all up your emails, which does suggest why that address popped up. It is quite creepy though, and one reason I don't use gmail.

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