Is Google Spying On You ? – Check your Browser!

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Google is the most popular and largest search engine on the internet. It operates in a variety of industries, including hardware, software, and advertising services. Google is also well-known in the fields of cloud computing and artificial intelligence. The firm joins the ranks of tech behemoths such as Facebook, Apple, and Amazon. But did you know google is spying?

Google’s search engine services are by far the most well-known. The company’s success has been built on this foundation. Every day, the website receives 5.4 billion searches. And it occupies 92.62 percent of the industry. The figures are merely a sign of a large monopoly and a clue for Google Spy.

Apple first launched a feature that alerted you if your phone was listening in on you, and now there’s a way to see if Google is spying on you.

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Even though Google makes the majority of its revenue from ads, the company revealed last month that it will change the way it gathers personal data from its users.

In order to do this, Google revealed that it will test a new technology called FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) – a new technology that aimed to boost Google users’ privacy while still gathering their browsing data. It is estimated that only 0.5 percent of users in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States are affected.

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Although Google stated that FLoC will be a trial run, it failed to clarify to users how they could opt out if they so desired, according to BGR.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) slammed Google’s use of FLoC, claiming that it could compromise people’s privacy. Since Google revealed that it was experimenting with FLoC, a counter website has been developed to allow people to check whether they are being tracked by the tech giant.

The EFF created a website called Am I FLoCed? whose sole purpose is to tell you if you’re being used in the trial. ‘This page will try to detect whether you’ve been made a guinea pig in Google’s ad-tech experiment,’ according to the site’s overview. The platform then allows users to check whether they’ve been FLoCed by getting their FLoC ID checked.

This is what Am I FLoCed has to say:

“FLoC runs in your browser. It uses your browsing history from the past week. Further, assigns you to a group with other “similar” people around the world. Each group receives a label, called a FLoC ID. That is supposed to capture meaningful information about your habits and interests. FLoC then displays this label to everyone you interact with on the web. This makes it easier to identify you with browser fingerprinting, and it gives trackers a head start on profiling you.”

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