It is given that Google is one of the most popular tech companies in the digital world. People who are looking for products like map illustrations go to Google to search for the item. However, in spite of its popularity, Google like other businesses also face challenges. Last Monday, the shares of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, dropped after a Wall Street Journal report regarding data privacy glitch.
According to the Wall Street Journal report, there is way for outside companies to be able to tap into the digital information of Google users but have not decided to share the information with the public. The Google discovery concerns Google+ service which was an unfortunate attempt to create a social media platform like Facebook.
Google discovered that in the last 2 or 3 years, outside companies can hook their apps to Google+ to access information of Google +users that were supposed to be private because it includes profile photos and birth dates. Yes, indeed, there is a similarity to the Facebook problem with Cambridge Analytica that took advantage of the loose rules of Facebook. Information was gathered from Facebook friends without their approval.
Even if Google+ is not Facebook, it was found out that a software glitch could potentially affect 500,000 of Google+ accounts. Meanwhile, it has not been determined whether Google+ information has been accessed with the software bug. If you will compare the potentially affected users of Google+ to Cambridge Analytica, it can be consideredas significantly small. Nevertheless, this is not an excuse to Google actions.
Even with the growing scandals about digital information, people have not learned the proper ways to make informed choices on how to ensure safety when using their internet-connected devices. People still choose to use social media platforms and other technology products and services. However, they do not agree to companies sharing their personal information.
Bird’s eye view maps or map illustrations are being used as marketing and promotional tools by cities and towns because of their effectiveness in eliciting the attention of people. Illustrated maps of a city or a landscape can be created as if the artist is looking at the city from the windows of an airplane.