Think about your presence online and ask yourself what all your most used websites have in common? Whether it be social media (Facebook, Twitter) or online marketplaces (Ebay, Amazon), they all require an email address.
Want to sign in to Facebook? Enter your email address. Want to buy something from Amazon? Enter your email address.
Looking though your inbox you might see notifications from Facebook about photos you’re tagged in or places you’ve been, you might find emails confirming items bought on Ebay and you might even find an email from a relative. All of this data that makes up your online presence is collected through data-mining software by large corporations which trade our information between themselves and sometimes to our own governments.
Google’s Gmail is the most well-known and most used email service online therefore making it one of the largest meta-databases in the world.
So next time you think you’re safe because your privacy settings on Facebook and Instagram are set to the highest level, remember that there’s always someone silently monitoring everything you do online.