Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Oct 2013 23:39 UTC
Google

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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I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 00:34 UTC
BushLin
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2011-01-26

I have this fond, distant memory of a time when companies used to explicitly ask you to opt into allowing them to sell your personal info; Otherwise they'd be worried about looking like a bunch of crooks and lose all their customers.

Now we see the predictable pattern of a "free" service reaching a critical mass and the end game of changes of their rights to abuse another huge database of our lives is ratcheted into a lengthy agreement which no-one reads... then what happens?

They just lose an insignificant number of mindful users compared to the money they make from the personal data of the apathetic/lazy.

People get angry at the US government for the surveillance of innocent masses through the NSA but most of the databases at their disposal are set up and run for the purposes of surveillance for profiteering by businesses and we just keep letting it happen.

Personally I opt out by trying to avoid using services which are set up with obtaining personal data as their primary objective rather than hoping to be informed of a option shortly after my data has already been used for purposes I never agreed to.

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RE: I remember a time...
by WorknMan on Sat 12th Oct 2013 03:26 in reply to "I remember a time..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I have this fond, distant memory of a time when companies used to explicitly ask you to opt into allowing them to sell your personal info; Otherwise they'd be worried about looking like a bunch of crooks and lose all their customers.


To be fair, I got an email about the change, as well as a popup on G+ that I had to acknowledge. I don't think this excuses not having it opt-in, but it's not like they're trying to sneak in the back door.

At any rate, I don't think it's a reason to boycott the services altogether. I mean, the main reason they want to track me is to serve me ads, and that isn't anything that an ad blocker can't fix ;) For the most part, I really don't care what they track about me. If I need to search on things of a sensitive nature (which is rarely), I'll fire up a different browser, that doesn't have my account attached to it. Other than that, do I really give a shit that Google knows I was searching earlier today for a tablet mount for my treadmill? No, I don't.

Edited 2013-10-12 03:27 UTC

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RE[2]: I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 03:56 in reply to "RE: I remember a time..."
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

I'm happy for you that you don't care about your privacy but bare in mind that if Google know everything you've done on that browser, so does any other affiliate with a deal to trade data (could be done multiple times for eternity), or any government who give them a court order, or a dodgy private investigator, or someone with access to hacked data.

Also, I wouldn't be so sure that simply switching to that same 2nd browser you always switch to, isn't quite transparent to them. Since your IP and the fingerprints of the two browsers will be sent via referrers of the many Google services you'll find on the majority of web sites, including that review site for a tablet mount (doubleclick, ajax.googleapis.com, google analytics, +1 buttons, google ads, recaptcha, etc... oh and adblock/noscript aren't helping you much here either).

Maybe that slightly dodgy thing you did didn't hurt anyone and no one is looking for it now but having it burned into an un-erasable and everlasting catalogue might turn out to be rather inconvenient if you tread on the wrong toes.

Sleep well kids ;)

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