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[10]: I remember a time...
by WereCatf on Sun 13th Oct 2013 15:06 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: I remember a time..."
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Here;s a question though: how do you track *us*, as in the person?
I mean, I'm not overly concerned about vague tracking like "some person in the area of SomePlace went to these sites and it was the same someone that visited yesterday too".

Big enough data sets and statistics. It's a process of elimination and probability, and combining tiny pieces of information over a longer time period always yields results.

Here are a few relevant links showing various ways of using tiny bits of information to find out a larger connection:

It's just the same thing; you're combing through small bits and pieces, you find out where the bits fit together and eventually you'll start seeing the bigger picture and a person emerges, to put it simply. If you really want an even better understanding you should start studying statistics, though.

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