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“Specifically, our policies meant that we couldn’t combine data from YouTube and search history with other Google products and services to make them better. So if a user who likes to cook searches for recipes on Google, we are not able to recommend cooking videos when that user visits YouTube, even though he is signed in to the same Google Account when using both."
Bianca Bosker of the Huffington Post (Marched 9th in her article linked below) addresses one of the real problems people are facing with this new policy.
One of the problems from all of this is that Google's competitors may eventually become more aggressive in their desire to gather similar data for the purpose of monetization of their services (making money)...which is what this is all about in the end.
As for myself, the way I am dealing with this Google issue is by erasing my browser history, avoid logging into Google unless it is for Gmail or Google Docs and keeping multiple emails for different purposes. One email is professional, one is personal, and one is only for school information. As long as I don't cross the emails the data should be kept separate...until something else changes.