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Google said Tuesday it will require users to allow the company to follow their activities across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services, a radical shift in strategy that is expected to invite greater scrutiny of its privacy and competitive practices.
The policy will take effect March 1 and will also impact Android mobile phone users, who are required to log in to Google accounts when they activate their phones.
I just wonder will it maybe with time be so you have to login to do a search
Think that Google will not do that? Think they won't someday alert your "interests" to your friends / co-workers / family? ..We'll see ~ I predict they will.
I wish this place would give *better stage* to the alternativs... G has become very bad for the WWW...maybe it is time for it to be deprecated... for the better good of everyone.
Google Jumped the Shark...
It was a nasty enough shock to find that my g### and YouTube accounts had been consolidated, since I use a different name on YT and only have the account at all because someone sent me a link to "Hot for Words" and you have to swear in blood that you're over 18 :(
I've deleted everything Google except my AdSense account and one tablet PC which will be finding a new home soon.
There is no Google in our house
That's the Google you can see. The Google you can't see is insidious and pervasive, from Analytics codes to APIs, embedded maps and videos and G+ buttons and on and on.
Can't do that. When wandering around in the wilderness, one must know all the dangers. :)
Seriously, the web is what it is and we should know all the possibilities!
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 [google.com] we offer.
We're not collecting more data about you. Our new policy simply makes it clear that we use data to refine and improve your experience on Google - whichever products or services you use. This is something we have already been doing for a long time.
"A government user does not want Google studying everything they do and drawing correlations about what they are doing. Basically Google should not be making inferences about them," Gould said.