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Google’s Privacy Policy still a problem for some...

I find it interesting how many people are only now concerned about Google's Privacy Policy. Google for over a month has clearly tried to inform all their customers of this change. On Feb 1st, The Electronic Frontier Foundation addressed this question, one month before the policy was to go into effect. As some of you know Google over the past few years began to buy up companies from all over the internet, one of companies was You Tube. Each company had its own privacy policy. Because of these policies Google could not use data from these sites to assist their search engine. Google a business focused on developing and/or marketing technology relating to finding information explained the situation to Congress.

“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.

"Google has come under fire for its failure to allow users to opt out of its privacy policy change: The terms will go into effect for all Google users come Thursday, whether they’re comfortable with the changes or not. To dodge the new policy, people can use Google products without logging into the services, or create distinct Google accounts for each Google product, though advocates argue these options are insufficient. Users can also minimize the data Google stores about them by erasing their browsing history and blocking Google from collecting information about their search queries."

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.

Below are the two articles I used in addressing Google's Privacy Policy and the reason for the change.  Link to the EFF article, Google’s Privacy Policy    Link to Huffington Post Article, Google Privacy Policy Changing For Everyone: So What's Really Going To Happen?

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