Re: Trust Google?
Not using Amazon is easier said than done. Of course you can opt out of Amazon.com but they also own a slew of subsidiaries. I started using AbeBooks for used editions. Imagine how disappointed I was when I discovered AbeBooks was acquired by Amazon in 2008... Sometimes you can't win. (I use Hive.co.uk for new books, which come direct from the distributor and benefits independent book stores).
Apple: You joined the cult, you are a lost cause, serves you right.
GFY. Apple or Google. Which is the lesser evil? Pick your poison. Some people opt out of Google. Apple at least have a business model that isn't built on selling your data. Yes, you pay a premium for that.
But can anyone really get around having a Google account? Short of running your own mail server, they are a better option than using an ISP or Employer's email service.
Say what now? Yes, you can. You've always got the option for Hotmail/Outlook. Or ProtonMail, Tutanota, Mailfence, Posteo, etc. or you can pay for Hey!. For sure, GMail is a technically solid solution - it's definitely secure and well run, even if it's not private. But there are a bunch of perfectly serviceable alternatives.
Provided that you then don't have a desperate need to comment on YouTube or access Google Webmaster, Analytics, AdWords... you can easily make do without a Google account.
No one here is stupid enough to use their employer's email for personal correspondence are they?