Thursday, September 22, 2016

Whatever you do, do not use Google Allo: Snowden

Google Allo, the new “smart” chat app launched on Wednesday, is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Allo, designed to unseat chat pack leader WhatsApp, promises to deliver quick conversations with features like; “Smart Reply” that can guess your answers and respond to messages with just the tap of a button, and “Google Assistant”, which answers your questions and helps you search for things directly in your chat.
How does Allo plan on predicting your every word and witty emoji, you ask? “The more you use it, the more it improves over time,” which basically means they’ll collect and store as much of your data as possible and then use artificial intelligence to guess your replies.
However, the efficiency of time-saving typing may end up costing customers their already compromised privacy.


MRW said...

Thanks, Kaivey! Important notice.

peterc said...

"record every message you ever send and make it available to police upon request"

"“Smart Reply” ... can guess your answers and respond to messages"

Smart Reply will also admit your guilt in court, and, on behalf of the judge, sentence you to life. ;-)

Ignacio said...

Is Google a branch of the government now?

Ryan Harris said...

Google is where good products go to rot and deteriorate. Look at the progress free and open WordPress had made versus blogspot. Everything Google touches.

Ignacio said...

Unfortunately this blog is hosted on blogspot :(

Bob said...

It works. Don't break it.