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[4]: I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 14:51 UTC 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[5]: I remember a time...
by darknexus on Sat 12th Oct 2013 15:54 in reply to "RE[4]: I remember a time..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

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.

All well and good, but there are quite a few app developers that don't distribute apks. Further, usually if an app is a good one I will purchase it to get rid of the ads and to support the developer. As many Android apps' only facilities for purchasing and removing the *google* ads comes from the Google Play store, how would you suggest getting around that?

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

Already use it, and have for some time. Unfortunately it's no good if I need to search in German or Swedish though, as it only handles English right now.

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RE[6]: I remember a time...
by BushLin on Sat 12th Oct 2013 16:38 in reply to "RE[5]: I remember a time..."
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

Yep, such devs are certainly in the minority but I was just pointing out some options for those willing to try getting apps direct in a safe, legal manner and don't have an old device purely to grab their apks from the play store.

Personally I don't let phone apps connect to the net AND get access to my personal data, it's one or the other so ads don't have to be an issue.
There are various means of doing this but CM have not provided an official option since 7.2 and some apps will not work without phoning home but there still are enough possibilities.

I see options for German and Swedish here:
https://duckduckgo.com/settings
Is that no good? Or are the results still useless?

Having said all this, it's a sad and sorry state of affairs for privacy that one has to go to such lengths and even then you're just minimising the leakage to google.

Edited 2013-10-12 16:49 UTC

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RE[5]: I remember a time...
by WereCatf on Sat 12th Oct 2013 16:06 in reply to "RE[4]: I remember a time..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

(not that it stops your isp but AFAIK they're not running a business selling that info).


I don't believe for a second that they don't also track and sell these things. It's too much of easy money for them to just pass on.

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.


The number of good, free apps without using the Play Market is simply way, way too few, let alone the number of good, paid apps! I could easily live without G+, GMail (already using Runbox), their search engine (already using DuckDuck) and I could even give up on Play Music, but there's just no reasonable alternative for Play Market.

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RE[5]: I remember a time...
by RawMustard on Sun 13th Oct 2013 13:49 in reply to "RE[4]: I remember a time..."
RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

Good post!

There's also https://startpage.com which pulls it's results from google. You get the google searches without the spying, well so they claim? I prefer the duck though for some unexplainable reason :~)


spoogle Motto: Do no evil.

spoogle Mantra: Do plenty of evil, just tell you're not!


Edited 2013-10-13 13:50 UTC

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