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.

Permalink for comment 574533
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: I remember a time...
by WorknMan on Sat 12th Oct 2013 09:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I remember a time..."
Member since:

I'm happy for you that you don't care about your privacy

Since when has not feeling the need to keep every goddamn thing I do online super-secret equated to not caring about my privacy? It's like if I go grocery shopping... I don't walk around with a hood on, for fear that I might be recorded by some video camera while I'm buying some apples and a loaf of bread. Does that mean I don't care about my privacy? I don't want EVERYTHING out in the open. For example, I'm not going to go in there and jerk off in front of everyone... I'll wait til I get home to do that ;)

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).

In the second browser, where my name or any other personally-identifiable information is never entered, what do they have to trace back to me, besides my IP address? Of course, I understand that the feds could trace that back to me, but I don't think I'd be that high on anybody's radar ;) If they wanted to find you THAT badly, I don't think there's much you can do anyway, unless you're using somebody else's wifi.

Edited 2013-10-12 09:10 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 4