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Will Google Sell All Your Email Messages To Your Grandchildren?

A fascinating article by Matt Novak states:

“We now know that governments around the world are vacuuming up virtually everything that passes through the Internet. And we trust companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, VISA, and Amazon with all our personal information. We’re constantly asking what these companies are doing with our information today. But maybe the more important question is, what will these companies do with our data far into the future?

“Whether it’s governments or private corporations, they will all have an enormous amount of your information. So what’s to stop Facebook from selling your data to your kids and grandkids?

“Facebook has every drunken dorm room photo, Google has every mundane “brb” sent through chat to a friend, VISA and Apple know every time you shamefully dropped way too much money at Taco Bell in the middle of the night. Your children and grandchildren will probably be able to sift through it all and create an impressively comprehensive picture of your life in the second decade of the 21st century.

“Sites like already sell you access to your family tree, birth and death certificates, and census records. They have even recently gotten into the DNA business. Why wouldn’t Facebook, Apple and Visa take this even further in the future — connecting nearly every person, every idea, every purchase a given person ever made into a complete history of that person’s life?”

You can read more in an article by Matt Novak on the Gizmodo web site at

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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