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

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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I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 00:34 UTC
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I have this fond, distant memory of a time when companies used to explicitly ask you to opt into allowing them to sell your personal info; Otherwise they'd be worried about looking like a bunch of crooks and lose all their customers.

Now we see the predictable pattern of a "free" service reaching a critical mass and the end game of changes of their rights to abuse another huge database of our lives is ratcheted into a lengthy agreement which no-one reads... then what happens?

They just lose an insignificant number of mindful users compared to the money they make from the personal data of the apathetic/lazy.

People get angry at the US government for the surveillance of innocent masses through the NSA but most of the databases at their disposal are set up and run for the purposes of surveillance for profiteering by businesses and we just keep letting it happen.

Personally I opt out by trying to avoid using services which are set up with obtaining personal data as their primary objective rather than hoping to be informed of a option shortly after my data has already been used for purposes I never agreed to.

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