the past months I am on a personal journey to get of the radar of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft, and friends… For my laptop I changed from Windows 10 to Ubuntu. For my smartphone I changed from Google/HTC Android to /e/ Android. I have ended my Facebook/Whatsapp/Instagram accounts, and (this week finally) my Google account. I share hints and experiences with my friends and relatives.
I read discussions on this forum about calls /e/OS still does to Google services. To me this means I cannot promote /e/OS to my friends and relatives. A statement like ‘it is de best un-Googled smartphone’ is too vague not good enough for non-tech users to do the investment and accept the sacrifices.
Let’s say the OS does no more than one call a day to a Google service. That would be enough for Google to know my travels around the world (using hotel wifi’s). Ouch, that hurts… Of course that is only a very small trace with Google, compared to how I worked and lived before, but, combined with the many other traces of people around me that would probably be enough for Google to identify me.
Personally I would like to have a better idea of the state of un-googling of /e/OS. An idea that enables me to weigh the importance of it for how I use the phone and apps and browser.
With much appreciation for all the efforts of the /e/ team,