It’s about time Big Tech faced a big comeuppance for its nefarious business practices.
Google was recently smacked with a $391.5M fine for apparently continuing to track users long after they had turned location services off.
Clearly, it comes as a surprise to no one that Big Tech apparently (gasp!) lies to consumers about how their data is used, regardless of all the “transparency” the left-leaning entities claim to have.
If anything, Big Tech should check itself for “disinformation” regarding its highly invasive practices.
Anything for a profit, in other words, even if it means lying and deceiving to do so.
However, the courts are finally catching up to these troublesome practices, hitting Big Tech where it actually matters: companies’ bottom lines.
As reported by the Daily Wire, the $391.5M fine constitutes “the biggest multistate privacy settlement ever paid,” one that is well-deserved given the egregious violations of consumer protections.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, for instance, underscored the extent to which the supposed “Do No Evil” company openly lied to consumers about tracking them.
“For years, Google prioritized profit over the privacy of people who use Google products and services. Consumers thought they had turned ‘off’ their location tracking features on Google, but the company continued to secretly record their movements and use that information for advertisers,” Rosenblum observed.
Google Spokesperson José Castañeda, in typical Big Tech fashion, attempted to claim that Google no longer tracks consumers against their wishes.
“Consistent with improvements we’ve made in recent years, we have settled this investigation which was based on outdated product policies that we changed years ago,” Castañeda declared.
One can only imagine what the company’s “updated policies” look like, especially as consumers continue to use ultra-invasive social media platforms, effectively admitting they’re ok with being tracked.
Humorously, Google recently claimed that it would be offering “even greater controls and transparency” to consumers regarding geolocations in the coming months.
If that were true, then why is Senator Ted Cruz still trying to get answers aboutBig Tech multiple months later?
Easy for Google to claim “greater transparency” when the company apparently isn’t even accountable to the FTC, not to mention the DOJ, CIA, NSA, and other rather secretive agencies.
“I write urging the expeditious release of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) 6(b) privacy report on social media and video streaming services, no later than November 14, 2022. The FTC’s social media investigation has now taken over 22 months, which should be more than enough time for the FTC to complete its work and publish a report on its findings,” Cruz declared.
Of course it should be more than enough time.
However, between Big Tech and Big Brother jointly censoring a broad array of topics, it is little wonder that the FTC can get away with endlessly dragging its feet.
Even worse, the Biden administration permits Beijing-owned TikTok to thrive, in spite of the grave risks to national security embedded in the nefarious application.
Not only are domestic agencies tracking numerous Americans, but also the intelligence agencies of foreign adversaries.
Problematically, these adversaries are avowedly communist, though that doesn’t appear to disturb Biden in the least, who has actively engaged with these tech companies.
Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Mike Gallagher, however, have called out the White House for its absurd practices with TikTok, especially as those practices pose a clear and present danger to national security.
“TikTok is a major threat to U.S. national security. Yet Biden is encouraging greater engagement with the platform by directly courting TikTok influencers,” Rubio and Gallagher wrote.
One can only hope that the White House wakes up … or, more accurately, the American electorate in 2024.
Author: Ofelia Thornton