Big Brother is watching us
The best part is we pay for it!
Singapore-based mega-app Grab has revealed that it generates 40TB of data a day. All that data is clearly valuable: Grab has also announced record profits. The Southeast Asian company, which bought out Uber in Singapore and since expanded into e-commerce, payments, and financial services, did not disclose what it does with the …
Now amended to 40TB a day which makes a big difference to the headline.
Though doesn't feel that big to me... Considering the small distie I used to work for could push around 100GB a day when price lists changed and the API got hammered about 10 years ago so 40TB for 1000x + customers/users seems quite reasonable.
I have no idea if 40TB is high, low, or average for this sort of company. But it's a drop in the bucket compared to the estimated 1 Exabyte of data stored in the cloud.
I am far more concerned (or would be were I a customer) with what data they are collecting and who they are sharing it with.
But I doubt we'll ever know.
The online food delivery segment seems to be the one to watch, as it experienced 96 per cent year-on-year growth from Q1 2020 to Q1 2021.
Couldn't be anything to do with a certain pandemic spanning that growth period, could? There's a good chance that will pretty much plateau now, with spikes and dips corresponding to local lockdown/unlocking. Watch that growth mostly evaporate when things eventually return to normal (yes, "when", not "if").
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