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Everyone knows that Google spies on its users, but it slips to the back of the mind when I have to use docs to share items with clients.

I run it it a private window of Firefox inside a VM, and only use that browser for research relate to the job I’m doing - I personally am pretty safe.

It’s easy to forget that apart from mining the contents of your private documents and emails for advertising and tracker, Google also scans the contents for its own purposes. I was abruptly reminded of this on Friday, when it blocked my sharing of a document for its own misguided purposes.

It was a shock, and I’ve written about the incident, the reasons behind it, my reaction to it, and how to avoid using Google docs for team projects.

You can read about it over on The Crow.