GOOGLE KICKS THE HORNETS NEST
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
BELOW ARE THE
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The new policy creates one omnibus policy govering all such applications, simplifying the process and creating greater transparency.
(2) Users Already Consent to Sharing (Much of) this Data
As Google explains :
Since as early as 2005, Google has disclosed that
[w]e may combine the information you submit under your account with information from other Google services or third parties in order to provide you with a better experience and to improve the quality of our services.
(although it is unclear whether this is true for all Google services). Nonetheless, this may explain why one lawyer noted that that “[w]hat we have is not a reaction to a change in legal language, but it’s a change in perception.” As Forbes’ Kashmir Hill wrote in her Not So Private Parts blog:
What’s changing is not Google’s privacy policies but its practices. By combining information from across all of its services, Google will be able to better target users with ads, offer more innovative features, and, importantly for Google, better compete with Facebook.
Google’s public policy blog post explains:
- You still have choice and control. You don’t need to log in to use many of our services, including Search, Maps and YouTube. If you are logged in, you can still edit or turn off your Search history, switch Gmail chat to “off the record,” control the way Google tailors ads to your interests, use Incognito mode on Chrome, or use any of the other privacy tools we offer. . . .
- You can use as much or as little of Google as you want. For example, you can have a Google Account and choose to use Gmail, but not use Google+. Or you could keep your data separate with different accounts — for example, one for YouTube and another for Gmail.
(4) Not Applicable to Enterprise/Government Clients
These changes to not apply to Google’s largre customers whose privacy rights are defined by contract.
(5) Google is Facing a Political Backlash as a Result:
Only weeks after Google escaped being a “political pinata” over SOPA, it is now facing a similar fight. The move has triggered demands that Google brief Congress on the changes and calls for the FTC to assess whether Google has violated its 2011 consent decree. In addition, the Deputy European Union Data Commissioner has indicated that the EU would be looking into the changes once implemented.
It may be facing an even worse public relations backlash, as one survey found that 66 percent of users would cancel their account as a result, how to delete a Google account was emerging as a hot search on Google trends and anti-Google graffiti was spotted in New York.