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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RE[2]: I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 03:56 UTC 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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RE[3]: I remember a time...
by WereCatf on Sat 12th Oct 2013 04:44 in reply to "RE[2]: I remember a time..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Well, what are the alternatives? There is really no way of opting out of being tracked since there are so god damn many different ways of doing it and no one really honours the Do Not Track - setting. Google's search engine just happens to be one of the best ones around and even if you don't use it all the +1 - buttons and the likes on the websites still track you.

Also, using e.g. Google's Play Market is more-or-less the only legal way of obtaining software for Android-devices. I don't really wish to start pirating apps that cost mere cents or a couple or euros. On the same note I'm not aware of any even reasonable alternative to Play Music, they all track you anyways.

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RE[4]: I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 14:51 in reply to "RE[3]: I remember a time..."
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

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.

e.g.

Documents to go (office package):
http://download.dataviz.com/documentstogo/android/dxtg-dataviz-stor...

Firefox:
ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mobile/releases/latest/android/en-US/

Flash:
http://download.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/installers/archive/a...

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

EDIT: https://duckduckgo.com is a great alternative for search if that wasn't obvious

Edited 2013-10-12 14:57 UTC

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RE[3]: I remember a time...
by WorknMan on Sat 12th Oct 2013 09:08 in reply to "RE[2]: I remember a time..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I'm happy for you that you don't care about your privacy


Since when has not feeling the need to keep every goddamn thing I do online super-secret equated to not caring about my privacy? It's like if I go grocery shopping... I don't walk around with a hood on, for fear that I might be recorded by some video camera while I'm buying some apples and a loaf of bread. Does that mean I don't care about my privacy? I don't want EVERYTHING out in the open. For example, I'm not going to go in there and jerk off in front of everyone... I'll wait til I get home to do that ;)

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).


In the second browser, where my name or any other personally-identifiable information is never entered, what do they have to trace back to me, besides my IP address? Of course, I understand that the feds could trace that back to me, but I don't think I'd be that high on anybody's radar ;) If they wanted to find you THAT badly, I don't think there's much you can do anyway, unless you're using somebody else's wifi.

Edited 2013-10-12 09:10 UTC

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RE[4]: I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 14:41 in reply to "RE[3]: I remember a time..."
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

Both your browsers give off information that can be used to identify you, here's some pages set up to spell out the specifics of your particular situation:

https://panopticlick.eff.org
http://ip-check.info/?lang=en

If you don't clear your cache and cookies, that gives out more identifiers which reside, if you don't block things like flash and javascript then you are almost certain to be unique even without information such as your IP address and your predictable browsing habits.

I'm not saying you need to be super concerned about Google knowing what product you're interested in reading about today but don't be so sure that you're not being tracked just because you switched browser and don't consider yourself interesting.

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