Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Oct 2013 23:39 UTC
Google

Dick move extraordinaire by Google.

On Friday, Google announced an update to its terms of service that allows the company to include adult users' names, photos and comments in ads shown across the Web, based on ratings, reviews and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like YouTube.

When the new ad policy goes live Nov. 11, Google will be able to show what the company calls shared endorsements on Google sites and across the Web, on the more than two million sites in Google's display advertising network, which are viewed by an estimated one billion people.

If a user follows a bakery on Google Plus or gives an album four stars on the Google Play music service, for instance, that person's name, photo and endorsement could show up in ads for that bakery or album.

Luckily, we have an opt-out. Go to this page, remove the checkmark at the bottom of the page, and done - Google won't be abusing your personal information for endorsements.

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So simple?
by darknexus on Sat 12th Oct 2013 00:26 UTC
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remove the checkmark at the bottom of the page, and done - Google won't be abusing your personal information for endorsements.

Even this requires you to trust Google. Can we really do that anymore? You're trusting that their "opt out" will be honored. Somehow, I suspect they'll have a way around it.
As for me, I think I'm done with Google services altogether. I was considering, after they stopped shoving ads into my imap inbox, maybe beginning to use Google's services again. I was even considering a switch to Android for my next phone. I think I'm out, though. There's only so much shit I can take before I give up and, while Apple are a pain in the ass at times with iOS, at least they're only a pain in my ass and not my life!
Sorry Google, this is too damn much! I don't care how "open" you are, if this is what you're turning "open" into then I'm out for good.

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