The Real Deal About Google's New Privacy Policies
You may be hearing a lot about Google's new privacy policies and how they are "bad and "evil." But I can tell you they are NOT.
They are good. And really, they aren't all that different.
The biggest change is that now instead of storing your data for each Google service (such as Search, YouTube, Docs, and their many other services) separately, all you data will be stored together in a "personal dossier." Basically, you will be treated "as a single user across all our products."
What's so bad about that? Nothing. It will actually help improve Google's services, because they will be able to customize search results on Google and YouTube to make them more accurate for YOU. You always hear people complain that websites and computers are designed for geniuses and that they're "too complicated" and "not personal." Well, Google is taking a step to make computers more personal. So why is everyone spazzing out about this? A lot of places are saying you should stop using Google because of this new policy. WHY?! I don't know. Basically, Google is taking 10 or 20 policys and making it into 1. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS?! The only reason I can think of is that people are worried Google will know too much about you. But lets face it, Google already knows a lot about you. Now they can use this information they know to make searches and all their services more customized to work better for you. They will also be able to show you ads that are more customized. But who really notices the ads anyways?
The Verge has some more specifics: First, regardless of how you feel about the new policy, it is much simpler and easier to understand, and it's actually possible to read through the entire policy. Second, the changes will allow Google to share your data between its services, meaning if you do a lot of Google searches for Mexican food, you might get videos on Mexico in your recommended YouTube videos, or links to travel agencies in your Gmail window. And third, the individual privacy controls aren't changing, which means all the privacy settings are in the same place they've always been. In any event, the new policy is here (at least for now), and users that want to lock things down as much as possible should follow Google's advice in today's blog post:
So don't listen to the idiot's. Keep on using Google. You will not die from it. I promise."If you don’t think information sharing will improve your experience, you can use our privacy tools to do things like edit or turn off your search history and YouTube history, control the way Google tailors ads to your interests and browse the web "incognito" using Chrome. You can use services like Search, Maps and YouTube if you are not signed in. You can even separate your information into different accounts, since we don’t combine personal information across them."
By Logan Drake of Clickege