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Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out


Google will soon know far more about who you are and what you do on the Web.

The Web giant announced Tuesday that it plans to follow the activities of users across nearly all of its ubiquitous sites, including YouTube, Gmail and its leading search engine.

Google has already been collecting some of this information. But for the first time, it is combining data across its Web sites to stitch together a fuller portrait of users.

Consumers won’t be able to opt out of the changes, which take effect March 1. And experts say the policy shift will invite greater scrutiny from federal regulators of the company’s privacy and competitive practices.

FAQ: What exactly will Google be able to collect and integrate? How does this affect me?

The move will help Google better tailor its ads to people’s tastes. If someone watches an NBA clip online and lives in Washington, the firm could advertise Washington Wizards tickets in that person’s Gmail account.


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Comment by TL Winslow
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The increased power of Google's services doesn't bother me, because they're just using it to help you have a better surfing experience.  Yes, they should have a way to opt out, and they might later decide to offer it, like they finally decided to allow aliases on Google+.

Facebook, on the other hand, is pure evil, and anybody still on it is NUTS.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Time to be familiarizing yourself with proxies.

for example.

Comment by Sheila Schlueter
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First they tried banning books, that didn't last long. Then our gov initiated the 9/11 attacks, allowing the Bush administration to push through the Patriot Act, 1 and 2. This allowed Sneek and Peak tactics (already being used) to become legal.

Now the gov is trying to control our researching the internet. Why? Because we can get unbiased and honest research. Honest in the sense that the gov hides the bills, laws, etc that are passed, many in secret, every day.

2007 I was in school. Our assignment was gangs and weapons research. One fellow student, while doing this assigned research, had gov agents break into her home, arrest her and take her computer. Much embarassment when they had to apologize upon the realization that it was indeed a school assignment, not terrorist attack. Problem? WHAT WERE THEY DOING MONITORING HER COMPUTER OR THE WORDS SHE TYPED INTO SEARCH ENGINES?

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