I'm not gonna target this to anyone in particular but the "negative effects" of all the data collection is that you're going to be perpetually in the poor house, as are most Americans. See the term "surveillance capitalism" that has emerged recently... That's the end goal, there's no secret 007 like "SPECTRE" organization sitting around a round table plotting against everyone, nope it's a lot simpler than that; a bunch of marketers and big corporations bent on selling you the most crap you don't need and getting you on the subscription bandwagon, mining the most money out of you as possible. The best way to do that is to get to know you more intimately second to maybe your wife your girlfriend.
Amazon is in the business of selling you stuff, Google sells ads that sell you stuff, Microsoft and Apple are changing their business model to match those two. That right there is 90% of the internet or for most average people like 99% of the internet.
It's a lot like credit cards, "everyone" thinks they are in the lead, they all think they are that 1%'er actually making money off the CC companies and their rewards programs. Or like the casino, everyone thinks they are that one guy who beat the house forgetting the other twenty times they lost or that they won now and they're hooked on the game and they'll be back plenty more in the future to loose big.
You play the Google/Amazon/Microsoft/Apple game long enough your odds of loosing become an almost certainty. Somewhere there is some crap you bought that you would not have but they pushed the right little emotional cues and buttons on you to make it happen because they had all the data to do it.
Giving up Google doesn't mean giving up modern conveniences. My Linux FTP server, mail server, desktop, PBX box and de-Googled custom rom Android phone with GNU Linux running emulated on to say otherwise. I have all the modern conveniences without Google at all.
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