- Major tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Uber, and Google have an enormous amount of access to, and influence on, the average person’s life.
- In some cases, the companies have admitted to using their access in data in ways that tend to make people uncomfortable.
- Most recently, Apple apologized for slowing down the performance of batteries on older model iPhones.
Chris Gilliard, a professor who researches privacy and tech policy, provided several examples in a December Twitter thread featuring some of the most notable companies in the world, including Facebook, Google, and Amazon.
Read on to see some of the things tech companies have done that sound too strange to be true:
In 2009, Amazon removed books people had purchased from their Kindles, including ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’
Amazon gave customers a full refund if they had purchased certain books, including George Orwell’s dystopian classic “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” saying they had been mistakenly published.
Needless to say, removing a book about a totalitarian government that censors information was not a good look.
In 2012, the LinkedIn app uploaded users’ entire calendars from their iPhones and Androids.
Users of the LinkedIn app woke up to the creepy realization that their iPhone and Android calendars had been uploaded to the social networking site.
That didn’t just include calendar entries, but also any notes users had added, including sensitive meeting notes, participants, and dial-in information.
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