This is where we also part ways, opinion-wise. I am willing to change my views. Especially around privacy. I am trying to understand the threat to me personally and to the web generally that networked services such as Google Play Services and Amazon Prime allow.
You, Laura Hilliger, and W. Ian O'Byrne are the primary forces that pushed me into the Open. Yet like the privacy pendulum I will probably never swing as far into the realm of open out as you in terms of FOSS (and be weary of malware, or at least pesky notification apps in F-Droid). Listening to other perspectives may move me on privacy as well as being open.
I have thought about doing the Google Apps for Business. Your data is much more protected.
Though this is where I find data fascinating. Its almost alive. It wants to be free. Whether through theft, remixing, surveillance, or adtech it seems data yearns to spread.
Privacy in a networked world has become a constant pruning and gardening of how and what we share online.
Not sure why, but I trust what Google is doing with my data. I know they are selling it. I know my GPS location often connected to this data…but they make really cool stuff I can use for free. In exchange I get an add for a pair of boots I bought three days ago.Even if they are an advertising company part of me believes that there is an altruistic bent to much of what Alphabet has planned for the future.
Who is scraping the data I send to Google…there we agree is the real threat to the web.
Google Play Services, while making Android far less open when compared to stock is a vast improvement. Especially in terms of security updates. In the U.S. this process has been crippled by carriers until recent Google Play Services changes.
Overall, and here I think we agree as well. True privacy on the web requires empowerment of the user to own their own data and understand how others use it. You can not have privacy without web literacy.