Google is the Big Brother You Invited and Now Refuses to Leave

picture-3Google just announced it’s revamping of it’s Privacy Policy:

Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services,” Google privacy director for products and engineering Alma Whitten  explained. “In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.

Google is combining 60 or so separate privacy policies into one global policy. It now offers ONE product as opposed to many disparate services. What this means for users is sharing of ALL google data and information across the board: and , NO, users cannot opt-out.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is  troubled by the lack of an opt-out mechanism. “The lack of opt-out means users cannot pick and choose which data they want integrated into their Google profiles,” he wrote. “Private email messages might contain any number of personal, embarrassing, or otherwise damaging information, and Google’s attempts to amplify and contextualize this information through targeted ads, Maps suggestions, or Calendar reminders could have negative consequences for users.”

Finally,Information week writes that the inclusion of Android smartphone data is most significant change in terms of user expectations.

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