Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC
Google Google has updated its privacy policy - in fact, it has consolidated a mess of over 70 different privacy policies each covering an individual service into one, simpler policy. You'll now be treated as a single account, and data will be shared between Google services to make search results and ads more personalised (I assumed they already did that - makes sense).
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Comment by testman
by testman on Thu 26th Jan 2012 01:48 UTC
testman
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2007-10-15

If you don't want Google or Facebook to know something, don't tell it to them. You don't shout your secrets in a crowded mall either, do you?

You don't have full control over your personal data. If someone tags you in Picasa, or even writes your name in the description, that's some personally-identifying data right there. Then, someone adds your email, photo, address and phonenumber to their smartphone and synchronises that with their Google Account:

PICASA: "You (and 7 other people) say this is THOM HOLWERDA."

So cross-reference this with your page-visits and Google searches, and they've got a pretty good idea of who you are.

You cannot tell me with a straight place that having this information all under one roof and in the hands of a private organisation cannot be a good thing.

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RE: Comment by testman
by WorknMan on Thu 26th Jan 2012 06:37 in reply to "Comment by testman"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Then, someone adds your email, photo, address and phonenumber to their smartphone and synchronises that with their Google Account:


Yup, and Facebook has the same thing on their mobile app. Even if you don't give them your phone number, address, etc, somebody else will if they have you in their contacts and use the sync feature.

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RE: Comment by testman
by daedalus on Thu 26th Jan 2012 10:18 in reply to "Comment by testman"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

And I can wear a T-shirt around town with a photo of George W. Bush on it with the text "This is Thom Holwerda" printed underneath it. I don't see how you can get around someone else talking about you, or tagging you or whatever. The very same thing happens in real life. Unless you live in a forest hut by yourself and hunt your own food, someone will notice you somewhere...

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RE: Comment by testman
by tomcat on Fri 27th Jan 2012 03:25 in reply to "Comment by testman"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

You cannot tell me with a straight place that having this information all under one roof and in the hands of a private organisation cannot be a good thing.


Uh, yeah, I can. The less information that Google has about us, the better. Why? Because, despite what Google says publicly, they cooperate with governments to spy on citizens. How would you like it if you were a Chinese citizen using Google to search, and they shared information about you with the repressive Chinese government? Or reported you to Homeland Security? Their privacy policies are a flaming pile of dog crap, given these realities.

Edited 2012-01-27 03:25 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by testman
by testman on Fri 27th Jan 2012 05:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by testman"
testman Member since:
2007-10-15

Uh, yeah, I can. The less information that Google has about us, the better.

Ah shit, I've just realised why there's all this misunderstanding about my comment.

What I'd meant to say was:

You cannot tell me with a straight face that having this information all under one roof and in the hands of a private organisation is a good thing.

One too many bevs and too much sun yesterday, I think.

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