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So long as it doesn't facilitate the theft of my identity, i couldn't care less what info about me Google wants to harvest and keep on hand. I don't quite understand why others care that much either.
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So why are we calling this evil? Because Google changed the rules that it defined itself. Google built its reputation, and its multi-billion dollar business, on the promise of its "don't be evil" philosophy.

It claimed that from the get-go? I don't recall that. What i recall is a company acting like a business, generating revenue from advertisements, providing excellent free services, using user data to make a better product for the user, and be able to generate more revenue for them. Besides, what is it about this new change to their agreement that makes them evil? They're still gathering the exact same info, only now they're tying all of the services used by the same identity together. Yes, EVIL, EVIL google. How dare you do that!!!

This is a retarded thing to get upset about, and it doesn't surprise me who, out of all the people on OCN, would jump at posting an anti-google article... I'm glad we have the ability to block users.
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at least google tells you that they are going to use your info. unlike the other companies that you are about to switch into.
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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:
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.

It only makes sense to have one database and allow me access all my services. It was such a pain during the Google/Youtube fiasco I'm very happy my gmail logs me in now!

What the heck are you talking about OP? Bing is awful and doesn't display the right results. Gmail is probably the best free e-mail client around.
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People don't like being tracked, that is the issue. Just because they have been doing it and are making it more efficient for them to track you doesn't make the principle okay. You should be able to opt out of them collecting data on you. I wouldn't want governments to track my internet activity and having corporations do it doesn't make it any better.
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People don't like being tracked, that is the issue. Just because they have been doing it and are making it more efficient for them to track you doesn't make the principle okay. You should be able to opt out of them collecting data on you. I wouldn't want governments to track my internet activity and having corporations do it doesn't make it any better.

You can opt out--by not using their service. No one is forcing you to use them. And it's fine if you don't, but no one gets something for nothing. You get services, google gets user info that they can use to generate revenue.

So long as google conducts their business with integrity, I see no reason why anyone should be worried. So far, they've done nothing to really conjure up any concerns.
    
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Really not seeing what is evil about this... Did I miss something?

I am also confused about this, what are they doing that's so evil?
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If people are so concerned about privacy, all you have to do is press ctrl-shift-p
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People don't like being tracked, that is the issue. Just because they have been doing it and are making it more efficient for them to track you doesn't make the principle okay. You should be able to opt out of them collecting data on you. I wouldn't want governments to track my internet activity and having corporations do it doesn't make it any better.

I agree to an extent. Not so much with what the company does but rather having an opt-out. The problem is the only opt-out you have is by not using their features. When you agree, you agree to the terms.

They wouldn't be able to offer as many 'free' services without doing what they do, bottom line.
    
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If it were the government, with the power to imprison you, I would be concerned. But the moment Google's policy begins to adversely, affect you, you can just turn it off and go about your business. I am a huge civil-liberties and privacy person, but I don't see the point here.

By the way, your emails are already stored on Google's servers, and they're already using the content to offer you ads. Shocker: after they consolidate databases, they're still going to do that. Yawn...

Your e-mails are even stored on TAPE DRIVES in a huge armored and guarded warehouse. In the event that Google suffers a huge loss of data, they have a LOT of e-mails backed up for everyone. It's absurd to think Google is the only e-mail provider that does this. Do they have it? Yes. Does someone who works at Google have access to it in a way where they can directly see your personal stuff and get enjoyment/cause harm out of it? No. It's all encrypted.
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How is admitting to doing something that everyone else denies but secretly does evil? You think Apple and Microsoft aren't combining data on you?


It's hilarious because they have no clue.
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I'm switching to Bing.
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