Friday, March 02, 2012

Google's New Privacy Policy

Most Google users know about the new privacy policy that took effect today across all of Google's products. There has been much talk and controversy about it, as there always is with privacy concerns. Removing your search history or adjusting your privacy settings is quite simple to do if you feel the need for it. Google addresses the concerns on their blog: "Our privacy controls aren’t changing.

The new policy doesn’t change any existing privacy settings or how any personal information is shared outside of Google. We aren’t collecting any new or additional information about users. We won’t be selling your personal data. And we will continue to employ industry-leading security to keep your information safe.

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. And we’re committed to data liberation, so if you want to take your information elsewhere you can."

Has Google's privacy policy changed caused you to change your privacy settings? Why or why not?

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