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[4]: I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 14:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I remember a time..."
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Well, it is hard but believe it or not, you can live without Google services and stop them tracking you (not that it stops your isp but AFAIK they're not running a business selling that info).

It's harder to get away from sites that load google content but at the moment you can at least block the cookies, scripts and referrers.
I'm sure if enough people did that they'd find a reason to require sites to identify themselves in the url but the point is currently valid.

Even with Android, there are some perfectly good free apps available direct without using the play market and Cyanogenmod without the GAPPS doesn't connect to Google last time I checked.


Documents to go (office package):



Of course, it's much easier to be apathetic.

EDIT: is a great alternative for search if that wasn't obvious

Edited 2013-10-12 14:57 UTC

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