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If Google taught us anything this week, it's that your privacy settings suck. You should fix them this weekend. Gary Coleman says so.
Google released a new privacy policy this week, reminding us that the services and apps we use aren't free—we pay for them with our privacy. This weekend, take a look at your digital life and audit yo...
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wow,I don't have credit card.
Ada M
 
Our personal identities have become commodities for private corporations to buy and sell... what is greatly disturbing about that? Well... what's the closest thing to having the essence of an individual bought and sold privately, without the individual having any control or say in that transaction, in our tragically-recent history?

I feel that Google has acted ethically by warning us, and giving us clear options to op-out of much of the profiling (meanwhile, what's Facebook silently doing?), but please take this stuff seriously. If not for yourself, for the good of humanity.
 
Gary Coleman also doesn't have a damn clue what Willis is talking about so I'm sure he doesn't have any f***** clue about net security.
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Google provides dozens of services at no charge to the service users. How do you think they do that? They have to have something to sell. I read their privacy policy today, the day after they changed it. It says they'll never sell our user info to other companies. So what to they sell? They sell advertising, and they direct it to a demographic defined by how the users use their services.

Want to know why I don't use Facebook? Because they sell my info to advertisers, who then know me and all about me. Once it's out of Facebook's hands, I have no further say in the matter. Google keeps the info and sells the targeted advertising model to their customers. Google is the only one who owns my data. And as Andrew Meyer wrote earlier, Google has made it easy to leave. If you don't want them to use your info to target their advertisers' ads, then close your account. Try closing your Facebook account. (Hint: it's possible, but they've made it pretty cumbersome.)

Google owes me nothing in the way of privacy beyond what their policy states, because I am not Google's customer. Their knowledge of my habits is what they're selling to their customers. In exchange for the free use of their (mostly awesome services, I won't ask them to not use the data I've provided. Get over yourselves. If you want privacy, then keep your info private. You don't get anything without a cost.
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True +Andrew Meyer , that was more-so a shot at Facebook and the like.
 
And yet you guys are talking about this while using google service
 
you have a choice...dont use google, or facebook, or twitter, or cloud services or smartphones.

Let me get this straight: you use a service, for free, because you like it. For this you grant them the privilege of showing you ads for things you may actually want.

And yeah, that target example is perfect. The problem wasnt that they targeted an ad, they were in fact trying to sell her things that she actually may want. The problem was that they did a crappy job of keeping her medical condition private from her father.

These companies dont care about you as an individual. To them your name is #3225543324. I dont really see the problem with the practice.
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+Robert Hirsch
Agreed!

Bottom line: if one doesn't want to share one's private info, then one shouldn't share one's private info.

Problem solved.
 
"If Google taught us anything this week"......it's that even after the changes Google is a privacy fortress compared to Facebook. It also showed that the naysayer pundits were wrong about the sky falling on March 1st. Still clear and sunny here.
 
You do have choices! You choose to come to Google to do your things. It is actually easier to go Bing and Yahoo and Live.com for your search and email because it is less characters to type (4 and 5 letters vs 6). So one could actually argue that you are going out of your way to use Google.
 
If you're really paranoid about it, you can close all your different Google accounts and use http://duckduckgo.com as your search engine. As a policy, they don't track you.
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