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This Guy Revealed Just How Much Google and Facebook Know About Us And We're In Complete Shock

by Kailee

While most of us at some stage may have had our suspicions about the big companies such as Facebook and Google collecting out data and using our information, what we didn't realize was that it goes so much deeper than just using it for advertising purposes. 

Irish IT expert Dylan Curran recently began a Twitter thread, which has now gone viral, with many users now extremely worried about the extent to which Facebook and Google really are spying on us. The data collected is stored into archives, and it ranges from sent and received messages, login and usage locations, and even non-Facebook-related text and phone conversations. Google goes even further - they keep track of nearly any single thing you can think of, and continues to store it even AFTER you have deleted it.

So while these things are provided 'free of charge', are they really worth the potential price that we are paying?

Dylan Curran, pictured, has recently become a 'whistleblower', blowing the lid on the extent that Google and Facebook access and use our data.

Curran has exposed just how scary it is that these companies collect all of our data.

For example, Google stores all of your locations every time your phone is turned on.

Google also stores all of your search history, and every single piece of information on every app and extension you use.

Even all of your YouTube history is stored.

Currants Google archive was roughly 3million Word Documents long.

While his Facebook data was only approximately 400,000 Word Documents long.

Facebook also builds a profile around what it thinks you might be interested in, based off of the things you've liked and what you talk about.

Facebook also stores all of your login times and locations.

Curran also goes into how complex turning off privacy settings can be, further highlighting that they are all automatically set to allow data to be accessed.

He essentially asks, if we would never consent to the Government physically watching over us, why are we letting these companies do it underhandedly?

For some of us, this kind of information could be extremely damaging in the wrong hands.

Curran's Google Calendar even showed the location where he attended a Marketing job, and the exact times he arrived and left.

If you want to cheer yourself up though (or make you feel worse about the post-Christmas feasting that was supposed to stop), you can always check out how physically active you've been over the years.

What is scary is that even things you have deleted are stored permanently.

Advertisements are tracked, as is every single word you have ever searched for in Google.

Curran jokes that he could be a potential target for the information that he has just released.

What is scary is how much information we leave as a trail every single time we log on.

Curran was shocked that most of this, if not all, was news to people.

He's planning to continue spreading the word, and assist on more technical matters.

Many users understandably had questions for Curran.

Others were thankful, and in shock at what had just come to light.

Some made suggestions.

via: Reddit
via: Reddit

While others just had a good laugh about the situation.

via: Reddit
via: Reddit

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