The only thing worse than this influence is the fact that Google has become deeply embedded in our lives. If you so much as view a web page with a single Google ad, they can track you in very clever ways.
When you use Android + Google search + Google Maps + view web sites with ads, Google is essentially gathering data on everything you do.
It would be naive to assume that this data isn’t finding its way into the hands of folks like the NSA… The point of the Ed Snowden “revelations” wasn’t to make you safer; it was to scare the living crap out of you. Nothing changed, despite the very public declarations that all is better now.
Well, okay… But Google search is handy. Is there a better alternative? There sure is!