My SIL is a super geek with a major defense company and he doesn't like Google either - and I thought it was just me.
No, it's not just you, I dislike Google and have absolutely no trust for it at all. I refuse to use any of it's software and most certainly its search engine.... and its browser is a resource hog so is a complete no no. Yup, Google began this internet data mining and wanting to know the ins and outs of a cat's arse, and with others pretty much following suit, it has a lot to answer for.... particularly now MS has jumped on the same advertising/commercial gain bandwagon.
As for Google listening... and not in a good sense, people, be wary of those people in Google cars milling about snapping photos of shit without consent. If you see a Google guy get out with a drinking glass in his hand, be very, very careful, cos he might be outside listening to everything you say with the glass up against the wall. No, it's not very high tech for one of the most advanced tech companies, but that's the whole idea... when questioned as to why he's on your property with glass in hand: "Oh, could you please spare a glass of water."
Don't believe me? Fine, but if you catch somebody with glass in hand in your yard, just know he/she has a photographic memory and heard everything you said.