Glenn Beck often makes predictions on his radio and television programs, and on Thursday, it seems yet another one came true.
"Here are the results now on, 'who do you trust with all of your data?'" Beck said on his radio program. "On a scale of one to ten, ten being, 'I'm shivering uncontrollably with fear,' who do you trust having your data, and being able to see your data?"
Beck has long maintained that Google is collecting too much information on its users, and he has been relentlessly mocked for voicing his concerns. Now, however, a new poll indicates his concerns may be shared by a majority of Americans.
"Do you remember when I came out and I said, 'I warn you, something's not right with Google. There's just too much data collection going on'?" Beck said. "This was long before the NSA, long before anybody was talking about data collection. Everybody was looking at Google just as an email service or a search engine. And I said, 'They are collecting all of your email. They are reading all of your email. Electronically reading, capturing, and storing all of your email.' And do you remember? I was a madman. That was the most insane thing I could have possibly said."
"Now, if you look at the survey, that's the number one concern," Beck noted.
According to a Survata poll of 2,500 people, respondents were more concerned about Google gaining access to their personal electronic data -- which includes web history, downloads, and cell phone data -- than the NSA, their bosses, their parents or their spouses.
On a scale of one to 10, the average stated concern was 7.39.
Beck found it highly interesting that people were more concerned about Google gaining access to their data than the NSA, the average concern of which was 7.06.
"I am: Number one, NSA. Number two, Google," Beck said. "Number three, boss. [Number four] parents, then spouse. But the spouse and parents I write at 'zero'. I don't care about them [seeing my information] at all."
"And here's the most interesting part of this," Beck's co-host Stu Burguiere added. "The NSA is the only one you're not giving access to.... I don't mind Google having my information because I've given it to them. I've agreed to give it to them. I have not agreed to give it to the NSA. They're just taking it because they want it."
Beck said he was speaking with a very successful man yesterday who has "been responsible for some of the biggest media outlets in the world," and the man told him: "Unless you log out of Facebook and unless you turn off your devices, I know exactly where you live. I know exactly where you go. I know exactly who you are."
"I don't need to spy on you," the man said. "You've given me all of the information. So now I can serve things right directly to you."
"Now [the man] meaning this in a good way," Beck said. "That, 'I'm going to make your life really easy. I'm only going to serve you ads and everything else that you want.' ... But big data is the most valuable thing anybody can sell right now."
"That's why we've made you a promise: we will never sell your data," Beck continued. "It will not go to a second party. We have it. We don't really use it. ... But there are systems now that will track you on absolutely everything, and dump all of that data into systems so we know exactly what you're doing. And it's all really good stuff ... if you trust the people who are gathering it."
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