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I'm gonna start moving away from Google on my phone, that might mean flashing something like Lineage :^)

I mean, the with the Cambridge Analytica thing happened with Facebook, targeted ads, selling data, web trackers, the fact my email could be on a marketing list right now, and also the points @Linuxx made about the 'PRISM' program and privacy, I think I'm making a great decision not to trust Google too much either.

Your thoughts on the topic of where your data is and what's done with it?

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    Do you mean @Linux or @Linuxxx I don't think there is an @Linuxx
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    Difficult if you're single. Impossible if you're hitched.
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    @taigrr easy when you are single, never been 'hitched' so can't say anything about that
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    @Codex404 depends how far you take it. Too many sites use GCP now. I meant full-on quitting not just core services.
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    @taigrr I've done that for two years during high school. It really isn't that hard. You just have to be okay with not using those things anymore.
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    use startpage with ddg fallback instead
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    @Codex404 so you resolved all the pages you frequented to and checked if they are in the GCP IP range? sounds like some horseshit or misunderstanding to me.
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    @JoshBent lol ikr, I was just gonna let it go but...
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    @taigrr nah, call those people out whenever it sounds like shit, extends your lifetime too.
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    Did it for a year, only thing I did Google wise was install maps through a separate site. I think downloadapk or something. Was pretty nice.
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    @JoshBent I blocked them all in my DNS resolver. Back then it was easier than it is now because Google maps didn't even exist back then.
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    Honestly... everything that is NOT made by you possibly collects your data and uses it somewhere. Even if It uses your data to enhance your experience for now. The company will get bigger later and as soon as they grow big enough they'll sell data because It's easy good money. We'll have to accept it. Other option is that you only use open source stuff and you read through the source code to make sure It's not "stealing" data. Just accept it.
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    @WorthlesCynomys for me it's more because they are so big. Companies like Google is way way way to big, monopolies are bad, i'll rather have OpenStreetMap sell my data than google
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    @Codex404 There's something to it
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    @WorthlesCynomys And that's where you're wrong, we don't have to accept it.
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    @gudishvibes Good going man! Feel free to ask questions!
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    @linuxxx Well, you don't have to. However to make an actual change in how data is handled a huuuge movement should rise up. That would do more harm than the current state that you get specific ads based on your data. I know that there are some companies who use data to cause harm, but It's not the default.
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    @WorthlesCynomys Could you elaborate? It's very easy to switch to privacy friendly alternatives so I don't get what you mean :)
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    @linuxxx To some extent every app is giving away your data. Sure, there are privacy friendly alternatives, but completely secure methods that do not use or give away data belonging you barely exist. In my opinion.
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    @WorthlesCynomys Okay so let's say you'd like to use a secure and privacy friendly email and messaging provider, which options, without looking then up, do you think exist?
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    @Codex404 that's fair, though if you tried now you'd kill most other pages too because many use gcp for all sort of random stuff of their page (especially lots of CDN), not to mention that you might dns block their range, but if e. g. the front is running on DO, while the backend is phoning back to GCP, you'll never know or be able to block.
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