Does Google track us?

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Does Google track us?

The Google logo. Photo from Pixabay by way of Creative Commons.

The Google logo. Photo from Pixabay by way of Creative Commons.

The Google logo. Photo from Pixabay by way of Creative Commons.

The Google logo. Photo from Pixabay by way of Creative Commons.

Grace Reyes '19, Staff writer

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When we delete our history from our computers, smartphones, or any electronic device; it is supposedly eliminated from existence. However, although we are erasing it from our server that doesn’t mean it is gone.

Google can monitor any of its users logged into a Google platform. According to an article on U.S. News by Robert Epstein that means 90 percent of internet users worldwide are being tracked.

Have you ever had related ads to a recent search? Most likely your Google search was tracked. I’ve looked at things and then later find related posts in my Facebook feed.

According to Epstein, about 97 percent of its ads are where their revenue comes from. Google has to use personalized ads to get your attention and boost their profit.

Over time, every single search is saved and in the long run, all those are saved and help the server conduct a profile of you: what you like, religious beliefs, favorite sports, all of it.

In 2006, YouTube was bought by Google at a staggering price. So, as you spend hours of reminiscing over 2008 Britney Spears music videos or watching the cat videos everyone loves, Google sees it all.

If you have Gmail, there’s a good chance you use Google+, where you store countless facts about your personal interests and lifestyle. Just like Facebook, every time you check in or share your location that is being saved, even if you delete it.

Who reads the long and dreary Terms of Service Agreement? Hopefully no one. So, when you click accept, you are allowing Google to track you. Although it is annoying that our lives are practically run by our Google searches, maps, and social media,  there isn’t much we can do.

With the uproar of social media and at the click of a button you can share anything online, Google tracking you shouldn’t be at the top of your worries. But if it is, next time read the Terms of Service Agreement.

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