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Big tech owned companies and subsidiaries

I’ve been writing about privacy a lot and since I’ve been dropping data hoarding big tech services, I’ve decided to compile a list of companies owned by Google, Facebook and the likes that are marketed under entirely different name, but essentially operated by these big tech corporations, so people who want to avoid these companies as much as possible can do so without much effort or guessing.

The list generally won’t contain every single company they own, I’m in particularly interested in companies and services that are widely used by people, but aren’t aware they are owned by said big tech. For example, Onavo has been quietly marketed as independent company while it was already owned by Facebook for years at that point. Or my recent discovery that Crashlytics is owned by Google, which is used by many 3rd party services and apps and people don’t really know it’s feeding data to Google.

Google

  • AdMob
  • AllPay
  • Crashlytics
  • DoubleClick
  • Orkut / Hello Network
  • reCAPTCHA
  • Waze
  • Widevine (DRM used by Netflix)

Facebook

  • Instagram
  • Oculus VR
  • Onavo
  • WhatsApp

Twitter

  • MoPub
  • Periscope

Microsoft

  • GitHub
  • LinkedIn

Amazon

  • Twitch.tv

 

To further expand this list, I would like to ask you the readers to supply me with further info down below in the comments section and I’ll update the list to keep it as up to date and extensive as possible.