Security: Google Privacy Policy Changes Are Live: Here Are Your Options

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2012-03-01 Print this article Print
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The cleanest way to avoid Google's privacy policy changes is to avoid Google altogether. Think you can do it? Good luck.
Okay, so if you follow the high-tech space as we do, or even if you're just a casual Web watcher, you know that Google switched on its controversial privacy policy March 1. After all, Google first announced the new terms Jan. 24. So what are the new terms? In a nutshell, Google is winnowing down its privacy policy from 60 Web services into one overarching policy. The goal is to streamline the user experience and cut through a lot of the privacy policy legalese that Internet companies have become infamous for in the minds of privacy advocates and lawmakers. However, as part of this paring process, Google is also sharing data between those services. When users are signed into their Google accounts, Google may combine identity information users provided from one service with information from other services. The goal is to treat each user as one individual across all Google products, such as Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube and other Web services. These sweeping changes have Europe, Congress, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and others really upset. If you haven't already taken steps to safeguard your data, here are some things you can do to start. Some are painfully obvious. Some are not. We hope these 10 points help clarify what is new with Google.

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