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[GIZ] Google’s Broken Promise: The End of "Don’t Be Evil"

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In a privacy policy shift, Google announced today that it will begin tracking users universally across all its services—Gmail, Search, YouTube and more—and sharing data on user activity across all of them. So much for the Google we signed up for.

The change was announced in a blog post today, and will go into effect March 1. After that, if you are signed into your Google Account to use any service at all, the company can use that information on other services as well. As Google puts it:
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Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you're signed in, we may combine information you've provided from one service with information from other services. In short, we'll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.

http://gizmodo.com/5878987/googles-broken-promise-the-end-of-dont-be-evil


Saw this coming months ago. I've since completely ditched google calendars. Switched all default search engines to Bing. Completely closed Google+ and Buzz. And began transitioning away from gmail, an account I've had for like seven years. Such a disappointment.
 
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Google you already make absurd amounts of money, is this really necessary?
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Umm..... so it basically keeps all of your info within Google, it just uses it across gmail and google + and such
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That's me ditching Google... worriedsmiley.gif

What happened to Larry and Sergey only caring about their users?

Answer: the stock markets.
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Umm..... so it basically keeps all of your info within Google, it just uses it across gmail and google + and such
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What this means for you is that data from the things you search for, the emails you send, the places you look up on Google Maps, the videos you watch in YouTube, the discussions you have on Google+ will all be collected in one place. It seems like it will particularly affect Android users, whose real-time location (if they are Latitude users), Google Wallet data and much more will be up for grabs. And if you have signed up for Google+, odds are the company even knows your real name, as it still places hurdles in front of using a pseudonym (although it no longer explicitly requires users to go by their real names).
 
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Re: [GIZ] Google

Damn you Google for sharing my info across all your products to make my life easier. DAMN YOU.
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Umm..... so it basically keeps all of your info within Google, it just uses it across gmail and google + and such

Pretty much this.
Doesn't make a difference if it's streamlined internally or not - it really hangs on their promise never to sell/share info outside of their corporation...
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So they are upset Google is essentially now using one database instead of multiple?thumb.gif
    
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Damn you Google for sharing my info across all your products to make my life easier. DAMN YOU.

LOL This. I mean who cares?
   
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Really not seeing what is evil about this... Did I miss something?
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