Just a privacy heads-up to notify you privacy-aware folks of the following:
Google has acquired Fitbit
Fitbit is now part of Google, and thus they are now - apart from the vast amounts of personal information they already harvest from you - also in the business of collecting your biometrics data.
I would be concerned by this if I were an owner of a Fitbit wearable. Not only is the collected data gold for insurance and farmaceutical companies, but also wearing such device allows you to be location-tracked pervasively, even when you don’t have your smartphone around.
Hacker News discussions with interesting observations on this move by Google:
Startpage.com is now privacy-eroding ad-tech
The search engine Startpage - which used to be a good alternative to Google Search - has been acquired by System1, an advertisement agency that is not known for its good practices.
I advise anyone using Startpage to switch to a different search engine. Personally I still use DuckDuckGo and quite happy with it.
Hacker News discussion on Startpage takeover:
Other privacy nightmares
Just some small mentions of other tech you may own that will in time destroy our collective privacy and will lead us to an Orwellian dystopic panopticon: