The mouse attached to your computer and your hand may be telling us more about your identity than you suspected. This could be both a good thing, as researchers in Italy recently noted, or troublesome as those in the Tor community noted a bit over a year ago.
Depending on which of its tools we use, Google knows what we think, what we need, what we desire, our political and spiritual beliefs, our age, our gender, what music we listen to, what we watch, what we read, where we’ve been, where we plan to go, where we work, where we hang out, where we live, who we meet, where we shop, when we shop, what we buy, how much money we’re worth, how much we spend, and how much energy we consume.
“What ought to be the standard of disclosure for captured data once we have all (or most) decided to introduce a permanent wiretap into our home?” said Yochai Benkler, a Harvard professor who studies technology and the law. “We are moving into a universe where we need to … revise Fourth Amendment doctrine to set high barriers for access to data captured by a ubiquitous surveillance device like the Echo.”