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]: Don't use G+
by tomz on Sat 12th Oct 2013 12:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Don't use G+"
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If you put a name in for your identity their robot thinks looks dodgy, it will lock your account until you scan your driver's license and send it to someone who will unlock your account, so you can't uses something obviously a pseudonym - they won't let you simply correct it, it has to be reviewed, and it requires identity documents. Since that is also linked typically the Gmail address you've been using you have to "out" yourself there too if you've been using GMail. Oh, and all your android devices since those too are linked to your Google Profile or account.

Otherwise you are violating the terms of service. It says you must use your real name. There was much controversy since this makes cyberbullying easier.

Google Play reviews (e.g. Android Apps) can only be done via Google Plus profiles.

Also, they haven't said they will show "one-star" "crap, don't buy, terrible service" "endorsements" in the ad results, though if that happened it might actually be useful.

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