Safe Mode: On
Google to merge user data across its services

(CNN) -- Google plans to start combining information
the company collects about each user of its various websites and
services into a single profile, the company announced on Tuesday.
Previously, Google said it did not create comprehensive profiles
across its various properties, including its leading search engine,
Android smartphone operating system and YouTube video site.
In a statement,
Alma Whitten, a Google privacy director, wrote that the changes "will
mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience." She added, "Our
recently launched personal search feature is a good example of the cool
things Google can do when we combine information across products."
That change, called Google Search Plus Your World,
brought criticism from rivals Facebook and Twitter, which said that
Google+ content now buries their own pages in Google's search engine,
and from people who do not care to use Google's new social network.
The new privacy policy, too, has already sparked concerns voiced on social networks, including on Google's own platform.


"Google consolidating data -- gives me some cause for concern,"
Robert Mason, a professor of information technology at the University of
Washignton, wrote publicly on his Google+ profile.
A Google spokeswoman declined to comment and instead referred CNN to Whitten's statement and a brief document
posted on the company's website. The latter notes that Google does not
sell users' personal info to other companies, and that people who do not
like the changes can close their accounts.
Google uses some of the data it collects based on people's usage in order to deliver advertisements customized to individuals.


Whitten boasted in her company blog post that the single, shorter
privacy policy should appease government regulators who have called for
simplifications across the industry. Facebook made a similar claim last
year when it removed much of the legal jargon from its privacy
agreement.
Google's new privacy policy will go into effect on March 1. It
applies to everyone who is logged into a Google account while searching,
checking Gmail, watching YouTube videos or downloading apps to an
Android phone.
The company plans to send e-mails to users and post a notification on its home page about the changes, Whitten wrote.

 
Poll

Added: Jan-25-2012 Occurred On: Jan-25-2012
By: Surfsock
In:
Conspiracy
Tags: Google,
Location: United States (load item map)
Views: 1766 | Comments: 9 | Votes: 0 | Favorites: 0 | Shared: 0 | Updates: 0 | Times used in channels: 1
You need to be registered in order to add comments! Register HERE
Sort by: Newest first | Oldest first | Highest score first
Liveleak opposes racial slurs - if you do spot comments that fall into this category, please report them for us to review.
  • They seem to have no grasp on reality. People do not want personalized search results. There is nothing in this for the user, only for google and the companies they promote. People do not want to be spied on either. Nobody does. People do not want there to be profiles on them over which they have no control, with information that is sold to third parties you'll never know about. Nobody wants that. Their attempt to advertise their creepy snooping only makes them seem like aliens from another dime More..

    Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

    (1) | Report

  • If anything, this might start pushing people away from Google products. I still think that Google has the best search engine out there. Bing and Yahoo, though, are close enough seconds that many people will use them. Of course, people would be dumb to trust Microsoft or Yahoo any more than they trust Google.

    My own preference, though, is that Google doesn't try to predict what I want to see. Very often, I search for something one time, and then I have to put up with idiotic Google ads for m More..

    Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

    (0) | Report

    • @buzzardist
      Bing is shit for so much stuff that Google gets right, especially the technical.

      Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

      (0) | Report

    • @dorbie

      I agree. For some of the more difficult searches that I do, I'd still opt for Google. For 95% of the searches I do, I'd find the same result at the top whether I use Google or Bing.

      I chuckled last year when Google caught out Bing stealing their results. Google intentionally inserted some nonsense search terms in their system. Type in these random letters, and Google would give links to a certain set of pages that had no connection whatsoever to the nonsense search terms. Google More..

      Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

      (0) | Report

  • enemy of the state today, minority report tomorrow, skynet by christmas.

    Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

    (0) | Report

  • Don't like it? Don't use it.

    Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

    (0) | Report

  • This is a really dumb announcement, people assume they do this anyway but announcing it just gets the tinfoil hat brigade excited.

    On a side note does this mean your porn surfing history will be added to your Google+ profile?

    Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

    (0) | Report

  • It's why I canceled my account of many years. FUCK GOOGLE!

    Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

    (0) | Report

  • Yeah, and jesus wants to suck my nutsack.

    Posted Jan-25-2012 By 

    (-1) | Report