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30 People Who Downloaded Their Google Data Share The Most Unsettling Things Theyve Found

There are times when we all get a tiny bit paranoid that somebody — like the Illuminati, the world government, a clandestine spy organization or an alien mothership — is secretly watching us. Keeping tabs on us. Noting down every single, tiny, little thing that we do. [Looks around, peers out of the window, glances at the sky].

As it turns out, there’s no need to worry about secret groups collecting information on us because it’s actually happening every single day, right under our noses and in our pockets. Some internet users did a very scary thing — they downloaded their Google data, went through it and then posted the most unsettling things they found. Please applaud these courageous individuals who battled intense embarrassment to make us laugh...

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Google is giving users less reason to ever leave its sprawling walled garden

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Google used to be about transporting you around the open web and connecting you with all the weird, wonderful stuff the internet has to offer.

Not anymore. If it was up to Google, you’d never need to leave its growing internet real estate. It’s a scary proposition for just about everybody but Google.

Between fast-loading AMP articles from major news brands hosted in its domain, full pages of information scraped from outside sites that don’t require you to visit them, basic shopping functions built into ads, YouTube, and a host of other features, the Google-verse is more of a digital walled garden than ever.

The most recent addition comes in the form of a report that the company is considering killing visible URLs altogether.

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