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Google and Alibaba – there’s no hiding from them:


The BigTech giants have apparently developed their own ethical standards regarding user privacy. Google and Alibaba are very close-minded about having information about the interests of people who use their services.


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About Google:


A lawsuit against Google is now in full swing. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office believes the company is engaging in illegal data collection. That is, sensitive user data, according to the prosecutor’s office, is being collected in violation of the law.


The most interesting thing is that, according to the case and published documents, Google’s management was aware of the situation. A piquant point is that in the process, it turned out the following: the company’s employees were unequivocally clear about how difficult it was for users to customize their device. This applies to privacy of location data and others.


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That is, even when the various location data settings were turned off – the data collection continued. The deliberate complication of settings is a clear component of Google policy. Moreover, even senior managers of location services were not fully aware of the complex interplay between the various components of the privacy settings.


Thus, as former company employees admitted in court, the only known way to evade collecting location data was to specify arbitrary data…


In the meantime, there has never been any official comment from the company’s current management.


About Alibaba:

The situation with the company from China is even more interesting: When investigating the security of their UC Browser, controversial facts were revealed. Here Google and Alibaba are roughly equal…


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As it says in the app’s accompaniment on Google Play and the App Store, there is an “incognito” mode. That is, this mode is not supposed to save browsing and search history anywhere.


However, according to security studies, this is far from the case. However, as is the case with Google’s browser, Chrome…




Just like Chrome, US Browser, despite its official description, collects data and sends it to Alibaba servers. That is, each user is assigned an ID number during the browser installation process. In the same way, in all cases, IP addresses were also sent to Alibaba servers. This is used to determine the location of the user.



It is also interesting that these servers were registered in the .cn domain zone, but in fact are geographically located in the United States.


That is, there is evidence of control over user activity in terms of location and activity on sites. And the most interesting thing is that the Chinese version did not transmit any data…


In conclusion:


Of course, companies’ rights to pursue legitimate commercially appropriate economic policies are fine. However, due to the difference in the technical education of the population in the use of sophisticated technology – conflicts of interest are rife. Google and Alibaba are at the intersection of technology, constitutions and public responsibility. And it remains to be seen at what level of BigTech penetration into our lives this will stop…


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