Should we accept Facebook, Google or Amazon Own All of our Data?

by Kyaw T
With the announcements of Amazon’s kindle fire tablet, I have some thought about how the new generation of the modern Web will go. Nowadays, most of us do almost everything on online. For example, We use Google to search websites at online rather than asking friends, shopping textbooks, music, and almost everything at Amazon instead of buying at campus bookstore and other place, using Facebook to make friends or conversation with friends at online rather than meeting at outside or making phone calls.

Google

Google has done the best job with its search engine, emails and other such as map. you can do almost everything with Google on the internet such as searching data, using email, finding place on the Google Map, and storing picture with Picasa photo.  Google Search is the most-used search engine on the World Wide Web, receiving several hundred million queries each day through its various services. Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google. Users may access Gmail as secure webmail, as well via POP3 or IMAP protocols. Google Maps (formerly Google Local) is a web mapping service application and technology provided by Google, free (for non-commercial use), that powers many map-based services, including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, and maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps API. It offers street maps, a route planner for traveling by foot, car, bike (beta) or public transport and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world. Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website, originally created by Idealab in 2002 and owned by Google since 2004.

Amazon

Amazon product lines include books, music CDs, videotapes and DVDs, software, consumer electronics, kitchen items, tools, lawn and garden items, toys & games, baby products, apparel, sporting goods, gourmet food, jewelry, watches, health and personal-care items, beauty products, musical instruments, clothing, industrial & scientific supplies, and groceries. Also with the Amazon prime, you can get unlimited free two days shipping with no minimum order size and also can watch unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows.  With the help of Amazon cloud server, they sell a lot of digital items at their store. Customer can download those digital items whenever they need it and Amazon will store these items for lifetime.

Facebook

Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. As of July 2011, Facebook has more than 800 million active users. Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Facebook users must register before using the site. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists, e.g. “People From Work”, or “Really Good Friends”. The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the United States to help students get to know each other.

 

Well, it is pretty amazing that we can do everything at online which mean we do not need to go out unless we want to. But I feels that something is wrong. What wrong with being able to do everything at online?  Everything seem to fine except that we need to give them our privacy or identities.  By using Google search, we are telling them what we are finding at online. With google mail, Gmail, we can own our email account for free and it will store your email until you delete. It nice to have an email account for free instead of paying monthly service fees or have to download every email that we got to our computer first in order to view like last 10 years ago.  How about Amazon? It is nice that we can buy everything online with cheaper price and can get free shipping and unlimited steaming of movies with Amazon prime. But in order to use their service, we need to give them our name, address, phone number,  and credit card information. Just like Google and Amazon, Facebook also store our information and also our pictures on their server. Everything is seem to be fine BUT what will happen if they have been hacked or if they sell our information for commercial use? It not like I am not trust their services but I heard from some of my friends that their gmail account, their Facebook account or their pictures on the Facebook were stolen. I never has such experience of these things but I got a lot of emails from Amazon about products that depend on what I bought or view on the past. Also, I noticed about some advertisement which is some how related to the email that I open at gmail. For example, when I open the email that i got from buying phone card at online, I get advertisement about phone cards at my gmail. So, it is clear that these sites use our information for commercial use. By seeing these things, I have a question that “Is our information really safe by using their site?”  Should we really let Facebook, Google or Amazon own all of our data?

 

words cited

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_map

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gmail

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Search

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picasa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

http://www.amazon.com/gp/prime?ie=UTF8&ref_=sr_tc_sc_2_1&qid=1317595627&sr=8-2-tc

4 thoughts on “Should we accept Facebook, Google or Amazon Own All of our Data?”

  1. Sad to say, but it’s a mandatory trade-off required to use the Internet that’s potentially dangerous…and even worse, most people don’t even know how dangerous it is to give up information on themselves online. It’s just the nature of the medium, I guess. If you read the ToS on just about any service, you’ll usually find the service providers own EVERYTHING you give them, and EVERYTHING you buy from them. Remember to keep yourself safe when you’re on the web!

  2. These sites have improved many aspects of a persons life. But I also believe that these sites have destroyed tradional ways of people. I shop at Amazon for lower prices and appreciate its services because it has saved me a huge quantity of money on books throughout my school years. As for google it has been a good help finding new information that i seek and has helped me find free music.

  3. Privacy as our parents and parents knew is longer around. In this digital age, information is just as if not more so important than money. It is the price we pay to interact in today’s society. You have a reasonable expectation of privacy, but this only extends so far. Businesses have managed to push pretty far in this area without getting in too much legal trouble. Still, you do have a voice. Facebook was rolled back some of the more controversial privacy changes when people complained. People need to take a stand against these companies if they feel their privacy is worth protecting.

  4. I agree with you on companies having our information and data however this is where everything is moving towards. We are moving to a paperless and digital era where we can store our books, music and other information online. This brings greater risks but I like that there is more than just one big company on the forefront of this new type of technology. It would scare me more if it was just one company that controlled or that we counted on to do everything. It’s funny because I am real paranoid about giving out my information or posting it where people can find it. I am one of the rare ones that is still paranoid about owning a Facebook account. I have a dummy Facebook account that I use for school but I never put anything personal on there. But there are more people that feel it is fun and healthy to socialize on these sites.
    Everyone is entitled to choose how they do business and what they do for pleasure. I just always exercise caution.

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