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[2]: Don't use G+
by tomz on Sat 12th Oct 2013 12:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Don't use G+"
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If you put a name in for your identity their robot thinks looks dodgy, it will lock your account until you scan your driver's license and send it to someone who will unlock your account, so you can't uses something obviously a pseudonym - they won't let you simply correct it, it has to be reviewed, and it requires identity documents. Since that is also linked typically the Gmail address you've been using you have to "out" yourself there too if you've been using GMail. Oh, and all your android devices since those too are linked to your Google Profile or account.

Otherwise you are violating the terms of service. It says you must use your real name. There was much controversy since this makes cyberbullying easier.

Google Play reviews (e.g. Android Apps) can only be done via Google Plus profiles.

Also, they haven't said they will show "one-star" "crap, don't buy, terrible service" "endorsements" in the ad results, though if that happened it might actually be useful.

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RE[3]: Don't use G+
by Soulbender on Sat 12th Oct 2013 14:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Don't use G+"
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Since this sounds like complete and utter nonsense (Does Google know what every drivers license in every country looks like? What if you don't have a car or you're a kid?) you really need to provide some kind of credible reference for that.

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RE[4]: Don't use G+
by Lennie on Sun 13th Oct 2013 19:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Don't use G+"
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Do you think it is complicated for a company like Google to create a list of valid licenses and passports ?

Or don't think you think Google has an office in almost every country they operate in ?

There was a G+ real name policy. A real name policy means they will deny your use of the service if they believe you are using a fake name.

I believe Facebook still has this policy.

G+ is now more relaxed, they might still ask you to some how prove the nickname you use is actually yours (whatever that means).

I believe the point of such a policy is to prevent people from impersonating other people.

Twitter has something else where you can have a 'verified account' by sending them a copy of license or passport.

There is something else you should know, if you don't use a Google account.

They will still build a profile of you (they don't care if it's anonymous (at first !) they can still show you ads ), but without the account you can't opt out of anything.

Edited 2013-10-13 20:02 UTC

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