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Google to Use Your Data in Ads Via 'Shared Endorsements'
".....For those with a Google Account, a +1 you give or review you write might be used alongside an advertisement for the business you endorsed. "The +1 you gave your favorite local bakery could be included in an ad that the bakery runs through Google," the company said.
The ads have been dubbed shared endorsements, and will only be displayed to people in your social circle, or those with whom you've opted to share information like +1s and reviews. If you don't want Google using your information, you can opt out by navigating to the shared endorsement setting, unchecking the box at the bottom, and clicking "Save."
I beleive any web property that respects its users, if it has a feature that mines, shares or otherwise uses user data in any way would make that feature opt-in, not opt out.
Google, Facebook and other sites with large "free" user bases rely on the majority of people not bothering to read long winded policy change notices, and not wanting to waste the time to hunt don't the settings to opt-out.
...but, at least there is an opt-out setting.
"We want to give you – and your friends and connections – the most useful information," the company wrote in a post announcing the change. "So your friends, family and others may see your Profile name and photo, and content like the reviews you share or the ads you +1'd."
Google will give people ways to opt-out of the service through a "Shared Endorsements" setting on Google+, and those under the age of 18 are automatically excluded, the company said.
Google to Sell Users’ Endorsements
"......Still, the biggest Internet companies are pushing in the other direction, toward an expectation that more information is shown publicly. Google’s announcement came in an update to its terms of service that allows the company to include in ads adult users’ profile information and preferences, ratings and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like search and YouTube....."
...time to delete any playlists, comments or other ancillary data left on YouTube.
joined:Jan 30, 2002
For all intents and purposes YouTube is not anonymous anymore.
joined:Jan 30, 2002
get your browser to fetch stuff from their servers.