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[3]: Don't use G+
by darknexus on Sun 13th Oct 2013 06:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Don't use G+"
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Last time I moved google checkout detected a conflict between my current billing address and my old one. Now I'm blocked from buying anything on the play store until I scan my drivers licence and email it to them. Google may not have the licences of everyone, but if that's their policy of identity verification I'd guess they at least have a chunk of people's.

Wow, I didn't have to do anything close to that when the security questions on my Apple ID got corrupted. I did have to call Apple, but all they had me do was verify some account details (address, last 4 of card, etc) all of which they already had anyway. They then cleared the security questions and the next time I logged in, I used new ones. Were it up to me I'd never have bothered with setting them in the first place, but they were required at that time. I'd have never given them a copy of my ID and they weren't idiotic enough to ask for one.

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