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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RE[2]: I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 03:56 UTC in reply to "RE: I remember a time..."
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I'm happy for you that you don't care about your privacy but bare in mind that if Google know everything you've done on that browser, so does any other affiliate with a deal to trade data (could be done multiple times for eternity), or any government who give them a court order, or a dodgy private investigator, or someone with access to hacked data.

Also, I wouldn't be so sure that simply switching to that same 2nd browser you always switch to, isn't quite transparent to them. Since your IP and the fingerprints of the two browsers will be sent via referrers of the many Google services you'll find on the majority of web sites, including that review site for a tablet mount (doubleclick,, google analytics, +1 buttons, google ads, recaptcha, etc... oh and adblock/noscript aren't helping you much here either).

Maybe that slightly dodgy thing you did didn't hurt anyone and no one is looking for it now but having it burned into an un-erasable and everlasting catalogue might turn out to be rather inconvenient if you tread on the wrong toes.

Sleep well kids ;)

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