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An Email From Google…..

A little while ago, I saw an email from Google in my Gmail Inbox. If you have a “G”-Identity (have a Gmail account, registered at YouTube, etc.) you probably received one too.

Seems they wanted to let me know they are changing the rules of the game.. as the Subject reads: Changes to Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. For those who didn’t get a copy..

One policy, one Google experience

We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.

This stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service now. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.

Easy to work across Google

Our new policy reflects our desire to create a simple product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, we want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with ease.

Tailored for you

If you’re signed into Google, we can do things like suggest search queries – or tailor your search results – based on the interests you’ve expressed in Google+, Gmail, and YouTube. We’ll better understand which version of Pink or Jaguar you’re searching for and get you those results faster.

Easy to share and collaborate

When you post or create a document online, you often want others to see and contribute. By remembering the contact information of the people you want to share with, we make it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors.

Protecting your privacy hasn’t changed

Our goal is to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible, through products like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager alongside other tools. Our privacy principles remain unchanged. And we’ll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests).

Understand how Google uses your data

If you want to learn more about your data on Google and across the web, including tips and advice for staying safe online, check out Good to Know.

Got questions? We got answers

Visit our FAQ to read more about the changes. (We figured our users might have a question or twenty-two.)

Notice of change

March 1, 2012 is when the new Privacy Policy and Google Terms of Service will come into effect. If you choose to keep using Google once the change occurs, you will be doing so under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Not too long after that.. ZDNet posted, Google’s new privacy policy: The good, bad, scary

I’m all for breaking down data silos, but when Google knows more about me than my wife I get a bit worried.” Read more..

See also: Confessions of a Google junkie (or, Privacy? What privacy?)

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January 25, 2012 - Posted by | advice, Google, Internet, News | , , , ,


  1. An Email From Google: Yes, I received that in my Inbox…with annoyance …YIKES!.. more changes in this tech/puter world.

    While I complain about the on-going changes with computers and technology …it’s pushing me to stop using Speed Reading and Speed Writing; (my world one time) forcing me to pay necessary, slower attention to what is on the screen.

    Tech Paul, I did take the time to read what you posted here…I looked at the vids…now with a little more knowledge…it’s necessary to keep up with the Change.

    I wonder how many others are bothered by all the CHANGE?


    Comment by Gaia | January 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,

      Twelve people are bothered by “all the changes”. The rest of the planet not only embraces each new change and development, but camps out in front of the store to be first in line to buy the latest Gizmo.

      .. Okay. Maybe more than 12.
      I am not trying to diminish your point here at all. You are are correct. We are watching a new thing be born, and evolve – at an exponential rate – in front of our very eyes, and no one has a clue what that thing is going to grow into and become. No one could predict what we have now. And nobody knows how this is affecting us (I read an article saying that our children’s brains are already “wired differently”) only that there’s money to be made.

      But, I can tell you that my experience is that most of the people I talk to have sort of a .. well, “love/hate relationship” with tech (and it’s evolution).
      For example.. I have never heard any word uttered other than joyful amazement at digital photography/video (and HDTV) and printers that produce Phot-O-Mat quality prints in our own home, but I won’t/can’t print what those same people say about ink cartridges. Nor what a person says when I tell them that computer they paid $1,000 for not so very long ago (to them) is not only worth less than nothing, but they have to pay to have it hauled away.

      “Evolution”. “Revolution”. Call it what you will. But it’s not all “bad”/”scary”.
      I don’t miss my scrachy/hissy/poppy phonograph records (my collection weighed over 100lbs and filled several shipping crates) and lifting needles onto the right groove when my 4 ounce go-anywhere phone holds more (studio quality) songs – and has a radio, too.. Right?

      But, yes.. it is happening fast. Some of the “new” stuff on your Gizmo store’s shelves is already ‘obsolete’.
      (What do I mean? Well, if that PC doesn’t have USB 3.0, a Blu Ray disc, and a solid-state hard drive, it’s “obsolete” tech. “Obsolete” meaning “not of the latest generation”.)


      Comment by techpaul | January 27, 2012 | Reply

      • “Evolution…Revolution…call it what you want”! The pros and cons of our New Reality…
        You said it “all” better than I could. Thanks.


        Comment by Gaia | January 27, 2012 | Reply

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