Many of you may have received the email below…
Dear Google user,
We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.
One policy, one Google experience
Easy to work across Google
Our new policy reflects a single product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, we want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with ease.
Tailored for you
If you’re signed into Google, we can do things like suggest search queries – or tailor your search results – based on the interests you’ve expressed in Google+, Gmail, and YouTube. We’ll better understand which version of Pink or Jaguar you’re searching for and get you those results faster.
Easy to share and collaborate
When you post or create a document online, you often want others to see and contribute. By remembering the contact information of the people you want to share with, we make it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors.
Protecting your privacy hasn’t changed
Our goal is to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible, through products like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager, alongside other tools. Our privacy principles remain unchanged. And we’ll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests).
Understand how Google uses your data
If you want to learn more about your data on Google and across the web, including tips and advice for staying safe online, check out http://www.google.com/goodtoknow
We got answers.
Visit our FAQ at http://www.google.com/policies/faq to read more about the changes. (We figured our users might have a question or twenty-two.)
Notice of Change
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Many people are thinking of leaving Google and its tentacle services because this is just another consolidated grouping of information for Big Brother to monitor us and Google, like facebook, and others turn all their (your) information to the government.
Remaining with them or changing is something everyone should consider!
Here some really helpful links. If you want to close your account, from what I read, they will delete everything… at least that is what they claim… guess we will see if they really do or if if you information ends up in digital space forever:
The continuing onslaught against individual freedoms and the intrusion of government into our lives has inspired computer room like this one…
Global Search – Cuil!
Is not powered by google, and not hosted in USA.
Every .com is.
Use Scroogle – very cool.
Read about it here:
USE https://ixquick.com/ FOR PRIVACY
I’ve been using duckduckgo.com recently instead of Google and I like it.
Not sure if this has been mentioned or not…
But I work in a web agency and EVERY single one of the sites we produce uses google hosted code. Its mainly for analytic data for our customers. If you’ve ever seen google analytic data and understand that 100% of our sites (and I’m sure its almost 100% of any other agency’s sites) use this code… that means the scope of this is so huge I can’t think straight! Google can very easily track people’s web usage through this analytic code.
It doesn’t matter if you are on a Google made site or not, if the use Google hosted code then they know!
Heck even GLP uses it. If you know how to view source look at the bottom of this site.
Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out
Google will soon know far more about who you are and what you do on the Web.
Google has already been collecting some of this information. But for the first time, it is combining data across its Web sites to stitch together a fuller portrait of users.
Consumers won’t be able to opt out of the changes, which take effect March 1. And experts say the policy shift will invite greater scrutiny from federal regulators of the company’s privacy and competitive practices.
The move will help Google better tailor its ads to people’s tastes. If someone watches an NBA clip online and lives in Washington, the firm could advertise Washington Wizards tickets in that person’s Gmail account.
Consumers could also benefit, the company said. When someone is searching for the word “jaguar,” Google would have a better idea of whether the person was interested in the animal or the car. Or the firm might suggest e-mailing contacts in New York when it learns you are planning a trip there.
But, say consumer advocates, the new policy might upset people who never expected their information would be shared across so many different Web sites.
A user, for instance, may not want Google to use your social network to alert estranged friends — or your boss — that you are around the corner at a bar.
“Google’s new privacy announcement is frustrating and a little frightening,” said Common Sense Media chief executive James Steyer. “Even if the company believes that tracking users across all platforms improves their services, consumers should still have the option to opt out — especially the kids and teens who are avid users of YouTube, Gmail and Google Search.”
Google can collect information about users when they activate an Android mobile phone, sign into their accounts online or enter search terms. It can also store cookies on people’s computers to see which Web sites they visit or use its popular maps program to estimate their location.
The change to its privacy policies come as Google is facing stiff competition for the fickle attention of Web surfers. It recently disappointed investors for the first time in several quarters, failing last week to meet earnings predictions. Apple, in contrast, reported record earnings Tuesday that blew past even the most optimistic expectations.
Some analysts said Google’s move is aimed squarely at Apple and Facebook — which have been successful in building unified ecosystems of products that capture people’s attention. Google, in contrast, has adopted a more scattered approach, but an executive said in interviews that the company wants to create a much more seamless environment across its various offerings.
“If you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services,” Alma Whitten, Google’s director of privacy for product and engineering wrote in a blog post.
“In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience,” she said.
Google said it would notify its hundreds of millions of users of the change through an e-mail and a message on its Web sites. It will apply to all of its services except for Google Wallet, Chrome browser and Google Books.
Still, some consumer advocates and lawmakers remained skeptical.
“There is no way anyone expected this,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of privacy advocacy group the Center for Digital Democracy. “There is no way a user can comprehend the implication of Google collecting across platforms for information about your health, political opinions and financial concerns.”
Added Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass): “It is imperative that users will be able to decide whether they want their information shared across the spectrum of Google’s offerings.”
Google has increasingly been a focus of Washington regulators.
The company recently settled a privacy complaint by the Federal Trade Commission after it allowed users of its now defunct social network Google Buzz to see contacts lists from its e-mail program.
And a previous decision to use its social network data in search results has been included in a broad Federal Trade Commission investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is private.
Federal officials are also looking at whether Google is running afoul of antitrust rules by using its dominance in online search to favor its other business lines.
Claudia Farrell, a spokeswoman at the FTC, declined to comment on any interaction between Google and regulators on its new privacy changes.
A couple of comments that I thought were interesting.
Google has been doing this all along as does Apple, MS and so on. Limit or don’t use their services in your first line of defense. If not possible then learn all you can about your device and take FULL control of it, flash it, root it, kernel secure it and spank those apps and daemons who are like little children leaking sensitive info about you to these data collectors without your knowledge.
Don’t forget to learn to really disable gps, mic and your cam when necessary cause they are bugged. At this point you will be half way secure and well on your way to freedom. However there is a whole another world of hidden service, exploit and leak potentials within your device that are publically unspoken of and that you will need to discover over time.
Last piece of advice, learn to game the algorithm that is at all times trying to predict who you are and what your next move is.
http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1764993/reply29289587 (Did you know could block a website this way?)
I just went to my internet options and blocked www.google.com signed out of you tube and tried signing back in, got a notice, you have disabled your cookies please turn them back on..But it is not March 1, yet is it?
Look at timing with Google’s announcement—perhaps time to flee them both!
Facebook’s Timeline – a new look for people’s Profile pages which exposes their entire history on the site – will become mandatory for all users.
The ‘new look’ has been voluntary up until now.
From now, users will simply be notified that they are being ‘updated’ via an announcement at the top of their home page, which users click on to activate Timeline.
As with voluntary switches to Timeline, those who are ‘updated’ will have just seven days to select which photos, posts and life events they want to advertise to the world.
Via the official Facebook blog, the site announced, ‘Last year we introduced timeline, a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story.’
‘Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you’ll have 7 days to preview what’s there now.
‘This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it.’
Timeline has been criticized for showing off pictures and posts that people might have wanted to forget.
The new look also pairs with ‘timeline apps’, such as Spotify, which post every time people listen to a song, or eat a recipe or visit somewhere.
‘You can learn more about these new features by taking the quick tour available at the top of your timeline,’ says Facebook.
‘If you want to get timeline now, go to the Introducing Timeline page and click ‘Get Timeline.’Or you can wait until you see an announcement at the top of your home page.’
Mark Zuckerberg described timeline as letting you ‘tell the whole story of your life on a single page’.
The redesigned pages have a more magazine-like photo-heavy feel, with a large ‘cover photo’ at the top of the page.
On the right of the page there will be a timeline that breaks down all posts from a person’s time on Facebook and allows viewers to jump back to people’s earliest posts with a break down month-by-month.
Some were puzzled by the abrupt roll-out of the change, which is one of the biggest changes to Facebook – all the more so when paired with the new Timeline apps, such as Spotify, which posts a continuous stream of all songs listened to to your Timeline.
A user listening to Spotify on a smartphone, for instance, will default to posting every song to their Timeline for all to see. As with all Timeline features, there are various opt-outs, but they can be fiddly to find and use.
Likewise, e-book readers such as Kobo and video services such as Netflix can post every book and film people consume to Timeline.
Many sites published guides to how to ‘hide’ controversial content. Twitter users had mixed reactions.
Reactions included, ‘I don’t want a timeline on my facebook – why do you force me to have one?’ and ‘I hate Facebook timeline design with a vengeance. More frippery and less function. Why are they forcing it on us?’
Many were shocked by how rapidly timeline had become compulsory.
Tech site Mashable said, ‘Facebook must know that putting a ticking clock in front of users is bound to make very few of them happy, yet here it is, stop watch in hand. Here’s my theory.’
‘Timeline apps aren’t very effective without it. Conducting most of your day-to-day activities, like watching movies, sharing content, reading news, eating out, and more — that’s new. None of this has quite the same impact without Timeline.’
So far, Facebook has announced a few dozen Timeline apps.
Many sites recommend vetting apps carefully to see what they will post, and creating lists of friends to ‘share’ certain updates with, rather than bombarding your whole friends list.
Tech site CNET warns, ‘Once you install an app and authorize it to post stories on your profile and News Feed, it’ll never ask for your permission again.’
‘If you love to cook, you can add the Foodily app to your timeline and share your latest dishes. If your friends have added the Foodily app, you can discover new recipes with each other, as you’ll see their updates in the ticker and their timeline, and possibly News Feed.’
Facebook says that more Timeline apps, covering more interests will launch soon.
‘Our vision for Timeline and our vision for the application platform is whatever you love and whatever story you want to tell, you can add that to your Timeline,’ said Carl Sjogreen, Facebook’s product management director.
Facebook Timeline with Apps and Ticker:
‘Our message to developers is ‘start your engines’,’ said Sjogreen.
PROTECTING YOUR PROFILE FROM PRYING EYES – WHAT TO DO IN THE SEVEN DAYS FACEBOOK ALLOWS YOU
Once timeline is activated on your profile, you have seven days to ‘clean up’ – and you will probably want to.
Things from your past that may have been previously hidden deep within your photos or timeline can be much more visible.
If there is anything particularly you don’t want shown, such as your relationship status from five years ago – which will be public by default – you’re best to click on the right hand side to the year it occurred, such as 2006, find the post and choose to either delete or hide it.
It all has to be done manually.
You can now choose directly from the right-hand side of nearly every section on profile who sees what for individual sections (such as photos, posts, likes etc). When you click on the item, you can choose whether it is seen publicly, by friends or by a customized list.
If you enable any timeline apps, be sure to read their privacy policies thoroughly – many will not ask again before posting information to your profile. Spotify, for instance, will default to filling your timeline with what you listen to, unless you tell it not to.
Facebook now has the ‘View profile as’ feature on the main page, rather than in privacy settings. This lets you check how different people can see your profile so you can then customize it as you wish.
For those looking to DELETE their facebook accounts permanently not just deactivate remove the spaces and copy paste this into your browser
If your doing it too replace your existing facebook account make sure your change your email address and password to something else first so you can use your original email. Funny how they hide this form…. HAH found youuuu!
Updated 1.27.12: And Perhaps Twitter too?
Friday, January 27, 2012 2:42:33 AM · by EnglishCon
BBC News ^ | 01/27/12 | BBC News
Twitter has announced that it now has the technology to selectively block tweets on a country by country basis. In its blog, Twitter said it could “reactively withhold content from users in a specific country”. But it said the removed content would be available to the rest of the world. Previously when Twitter deleted a tweet, it would disappear worldwide. — In its blog post, Twitter explained that its international growth meant entering countries “that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression”, citing France or Germany which ban pro-Nazi content as examples.