The Orwellian transformation of our lives just got a little more real—and a little creepier.
It’s come to the attention of some smartphone users that their Google accounts, in conjunction with their device’s GPS tracking, have recorded, documented, and saved their every move.
Sounds crazy? Well, you can see how Google is tracking you for yourself.
Just log into the same Google account that you use while on your smartphone and click this link. There, you’ll be able to see every location you’ve been to throughout the current month.
This photo from AnonNews gives you an idea of what it looks like:
Worst of all, despite Google’s claims of concern for your privacy, there is no alternate setting you can choose to avoid this because “your information is still being collected and stored somewhere by Google.”
Luckily, there are ways to minimize how much you’re being followed by the monopolistic search engine. Here’s how:
- Turn Off Location History: go to the Google Maps Location History section, then click the gear icon. From here, you have the option to turn off the location history tracking (this, however, won’t delete past tracked data).
- Erase Last 30 Days’ of Tracked History: go to the Location History page. On the left side, beneath the calendar, use the pull-down menu to reveal your history for the last 30 days. Below the calendar there is an option to delete the history from the time period you’ve chosen, or to delete all of the history.
Back in March, we reported on the CIA’s unprecedented spying on Americans through the use of Samsung “smart TVs”. According to WikiLeaks, the CIA’s Embedded Devices Branch (EDB) developed a protocol known as “Weeping Angel” for this purpose. They reportedly activated Samsung’s built-in microphone and listened to conversations. This worked even when the TV appeared to be off.
“After infestation,” said WikiLeaks, “Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on.”
“In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the internet to a covert CIA server.”