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[5]: I remember a time...
by darknexus on Sat 12th Oct 2013 15:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I remember a time..."
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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? 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..."
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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:
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[7]: I remember a time...
by darknexus on Sun 13th Oct 2013 20:45 in reply to "RE[6]: I remember a time..."
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I see options for German and Swedish here:
Is that no good? Or are the results still useless?

That changes the interface language, but doesn't tune the search for those languages.

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