Seriously - if people are so concerned over their data and "PRIVACY" (ahahahahahaha what a word to use in 2020) - then they should NOT be on the internet, they should use only paper money - Wherever you go data is collected about you, even the air you breath collects data about you
Question is, does it matter ? What do you have to hide ? Did you kill someone and hid their body in a freezer tucked away under 3 trap doors down in the basement triple pad locked ? Did you do something illegal ? etc....... Yeah data is used to our expense, so what are you all doing here working on tasks and surveys
I'm not sure people know that the networks providing offers and surveys on GPT are making tons of money on "leads" - WE are the leads, and the ton of data accumulated in pre-screeners in routers are a gold mine of information. There is NO ESCAPING privacy, unless you just pull the RJ45 plug from your computer, or unplug the modem (for those with wireless connection), in other words cut ties with the internet.
Another thing people overlook - E-MAILS !!! I hope people know that e-mail is another data collector, even though it is aggregate data, it still collects data, keywords, etc, and e-mail = cloud, so if you are afraid to use google because of data collection, then you probably should stop using e-mail, and do what people did before, call up messenger birds, put your message in a bottle and have the bid deliver it to the destination
Even the OS you use collects data on your usage, aggregate data though, nobody is going to trace you down with that data and knock on your door, unless of course you break the law and are wanted
EVERYTHING you do online leaves a trace through your IP, and you can hide behind VPNs (which BTW is prohibited here and most sites) but you can still be traced if you are really badly wanted
Even in your own bank your data is not safe - Proof ? Banks being hacked, Capital One hacked, government revenue service hacked, data leaks, etc, that's why there is Equifax and other credit unions where you can take safety measures to protect you against identity theft.
People buy online all the time, another data collection potential..........
The only thing left where your data is not collected is when going to the toilet, unless of course you have one of those "smart toilets" and yes, they exist.
and pretty soon as chips take over everything, we will all have tracking devices implanted - and if not, it will be drones or satellites keeping track of us from above.
So those who want privacy, there are 2 places you can have it.
1) Inside a freezer
2) In a locked closet
I won't even get started on smartphones and the "FREE" even "PAID" apps you install and use, they are data collection machines........APPS is a billion $ industry, some developers make a fortune on "FREE" apps, all from in-app ads or in-app purchases that are sometimes shoved down your throat.
Without advertising, you'd be paying for everything you do, online and offline, and the concept of "FREE" and "UNLIMITED" would be long gone.
Luckily, we still have freedom to choose what data we want to share or to avoid sources that are not trusted.
I could care less if Google is collecting data on my usage, unless you are doing something illegal online that would get you arrested you shouldn't worry, but if it were some seedy site that is not known, I would worry about data collection, but there again, would I worry about aggregate data without my name, date of birth, SSN, etc, probably not, there's not much to worry about when it comes to aggregate data that does not link to a person (real name and address, social security number, date of birth, bank).
It's each person's responsibility to use a good antivirus, anti-malware, firewall and protect their data and be careful on what sites they visit and what they do online.
A zero ad, 100% privacy internet is science-fiction