We’ve lost our privacy and there’s not much we can do about it

A research paper from Trinity College Dublin has shed light on how Google collects data through the use of its phone dialer and messaging apps. It’s a very annoying way of telling you the same thing you might have read about how evil Google was harvesting information about who you call and what you send to your friends. It’s also a good transition to talk about the biggest issue of user privacy in the digital age.

What Google did was wrong. Let’s be clear on this. But what Google did was also something it told you about in advance that technically gave you the option to opt out. “Technically.”

Sensationalism aside, collecting data on our phone calls is not a good thing and we have reason to be concerned.