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What happened to Facebook could happen to Google
Just two weeks ago, both the House and Senate grilled Facebook with lots of questions about the revelations that it let a millions of user's data get into the hands of the company behind Trump's run for Presidency.
While all eyes have been on Facebook, it's important to look at what other companies are doing with out data, too. Google is generally known to collect more data on its users than Facebook, since it has products in email, search, advertising, social and more.
As Bloomberg news reports, two years ago "Google altered its offerings in a way that makes it more vulnerable to data-sharing scrutiny." Google altered its offerings in a way that makes it more vulnerable to data-sharing scrutiny," because that meant people could combine all the data the company had on users together. Before it had been kept separate for exactly that reason.
Google's reach actually goes further than you probably thought, as it has partnerships with credit card companies that allow it to tell if shopping ads were effective in pushing someone to purchase a product in-store.
This is all scary news in an environment where though we sign up for all these websites, we don't pay attention to what we agree to. Maybe it's time do start.
Number of the week
It's once again not safe to eat romaine lettuce in the United States after the CDC issued a warning to consumers. Lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region is unsafe to eat due to an outbreak of E. Coli in 16 states covering 53 separate states. Yikes is an understatement.
Though the CDC hasn't found the reason for the outbreak yet, it does suspect that it originated in the southwestern region, but there's one catch. Bagged lettuce doesn't usually say on the packaging where it originated from, and most of the cases have come from restaurants.
This is dangerous precedent for salad-lovers across the country, so until this all blows over, it's probably best to stay away from the green leafy food.
In case you missed it
- Palantir Technologies Inc has been discovered to be mining data on unknowing people, according to Bloomberg. The company worked for the Pentagon and CIA to help with spying, but the company's employees didn't do it themselves: it simply collected data from people's financial documents, airline tickets, cellphone records and social media posts in an attempt to track down terrorists.
- Oddly enough, North Korea has announced it will stop conducting nuclear missile tests and will close down its testing site ahead of a meeting with Donald Trump. The country's leader, Kim Jong Un, said it no longer needs to test the missiles because it has successfully weaponized them.
- Poorer countries are investing a lot more into renewable energy than rich ones, aiming to curb their impact on the climate. The majority of the investment comes from China, spending a record $127 billion, followed by India with only $11 billion.
- White Castle has sold only beef burgers since it was founded 97 years ago, but this is about to change. The company has announced it will begin carrying the Impossible Burger, a meat-free plant-based slider that is made from a mixture of wheat, coconut oil, potatoes and heme. This will be the first time the burger is sold on a large-scale in a commercial restaurant setting.