Google’s New Privacy Policy Is Too Intrusive
By Will765 On 26 Jan, 2012 At 12:55 PM | Categorized As News | With 3 Comments

Google announced, in a blog post, serious changes in their privacy policy. Beginning March 1st, the company will combine data for all the different sites that you use-Google search, Gmail, Youtube searches, Google +,Google Maps, etc.  Alma Whitten, Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering, posted “What does this mean in practice? The main change is for users with Google Accounts. Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services. In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.”  Using your location, contacts, and search history, Google aims to provide a more targeted approach to advertising.  There are two problems with this approach.  First, most users don’t want anyone knowing so much about their personal habits.  This privacy policy seems to mean giving up any privacy you have to Google.  More importantly, there is no option to be excluded from this information collection.  If you agree to use any Google services, you will be giving them permission to create a database with a boatload of personal information about you.  Download any apps on the android market? Into the database.  Turn on GPS and use Google Maps? Into the database.  Web and Youtube searches?  Into the database.  Using the wide array of Google services will allow the company to know you better than your friends or even spouses.  While it appears Google did not anticipate a backlash to the announcement, in a nonscientific Washington Post survey of 13,541 Post readers, 66% said they would cancel their Google accounts because of the changes, 15% said they wouldn’t quit Google and 19% said they haven’t decided how to respond.  There is still some time before these new policies go into effect, so maybe something will change.  Otherwise, the only option to avoiding this data collection is to stop using any Google services-something many users will find hard to do.

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years

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  1. The_Beave says:

    Nope. That’s wrong. Google already collects all that information about you. They are just going to start using it in a conglomerated fashion. They already HAVE all that information, which is the point. Before they didn’t cross reference your youtube search history with your maps results. Now, they are saying they will.

  2. josemn says:

    Yep, from the very beginning there was a sense that they were being disingenuous,but like Apple they have become part of the landscape and have a dependant user base.

  3. Google Sucks says:

    I am officially done with Google. I am now using Bing (which is actually usable now) instead of Google for searching, and have uninstalled Google Chrome and replaced it with Firefox. The only Google product I still use is Youtube, although that is only because there currently is no alternative of equal quality. Hopefully soon someone will make “the Youtube killer” or better yet, someone will buy Youtube from Google, although I can’t see the latter being very likely. This way all Google will know about me is about the random shit I look up on Youtube, which I doubt will be of any use to them, considering I run AdBlock every time I’m on there. Don’t give these bastards any more money or use, put AdBlock on and stop using all Google products, except Youtube if you want.

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