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Google’s new policy means user data from more than 60 of its services will be pooled to create a single profile for each of its hundreds of millions of users. By matching data from search histories, Gmail and YouTube, among dozens more services, the firm will be able to infer more about users’ interests and target advertising more accurately.

Mr Hanff said that he will replace his Android device with a Windows Phone smartphone.

“There’s not much choice but I wouldn’t want to be subject to Apple’s privacy policy and Microsoft’s seems the least threatening at the moment,” he said.


http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/google-sued-for-android-refund-over-privacy-shakeup-3036754.html
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Lol.

I read through the policy last week and to be honest, I don't find anything over-alarming. My Chrome's not linked to my GMail account, and I don't use the built-in browser in Android.


This guy should really think about de-linking his main Google account (if he even has one) from his Android phone instead of going OMG TEH WORLDZ R BAWT TA EEENNNNDDDDD!!
   
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Then that defeats the whole purpose of having a google phone.
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Lol.
I read through the policy last week and to be honest, I don't find anything over-alarming. My Chrome's not linked to my GMail account, and I don't use the built-in browser in Android.
This guy should really think about de-linking his main Google account (if he even has one) from his Android phone instead of going OMG TEH WORLDZ R BAWT TA EEENNNNDDDDD!!

This. I always thought they were sharing info across all services, so it was more a surprise to find out that they weren't.

I still haven't used the "what google thinks about me" thing, although I'm getting interested now.

man I hope that privacy bill goes through.
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post #5 of 39
Personally I'm quite sick of the Patent & Law Suit news, it's getting old, fast...

The only thing stuff like this is doing is taking quality time away from companies to focus their attention on stuff that really matters like us the consumers, new products / innovations, & new things that we want!

Just Saying...
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For some reason, I feel like he may win this. French courts are stupid.
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In a world lacking accountability lawsuits are all we have.

Personally I'm quite sick of Google and their advertising goals.
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It is just a matter of convenience vs privacy.

Google has the ability to match your desktop and mobile experience together.

If you are the kind of person that isolates every part of their internet browsing, you should be used to jumping through multiple hoops.

All this does is take separate data (most likely redundant) and consolidating it in one place.

I for one like the convenience of Google's system. My bookmarks at home, are the same on my laptop, and are the same on my phone. It makes getting to things easier.

Hell, your data is kept in shipping containers where no one looks at them for a long time. tongue.gif
     
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In a world lacking accountability lawsuits are all we have.

Personally I'm quite sick of Google and their advertising goals.

Agreed. Leave me alone, and stop tracking me. PERIOD.
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This guy has no recourse for a refund. There are plenty of alternatives for his phone if he needs them. Furthermore you can opt out of the marketing.

Also, you can't delink the Google account from the phone without losing access to the market.

That, and it's not exactly a big deal. Just recently I made an analytics account in seconds, because I already have a google account. Kind of like EA merging all your EA games accounts into one. Do people not know EA use and monitor your usage habits for marketing? Why isn't google any different? At least you can opt out of them collecting data.
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