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Feedburner is informing users they have until June 15, eight days from now, to opt-out of giving Google data on their accounts.

Users have until the 15th before Google’s privacy policy become’s Feedburner’s, and Google gets access to RSS feed usage data, ad data, and anything else owned by Feedburner. Those who do not want Google having access to that data, can choose to opt out before then, which will result in their account being deleted and all statistical data and history being purged.

Really, there isn’t a whole lot to worry about. There aren’t going to be a bunch of Google engineers sitting around going, “Ooh, look, Steve Rubel has that number of feed subscribers using Bloglines. Tee hee”. But it’s really cool of Feedburner to give paranoid users the option of getting out if they really wanted to. It’s the sort of thing that should be adopted in principle, if not in law, for future acquisitions. Imagine if a service you used was acquired by a company know for selling user data to spammers. Wouldn’t you want a week to get the hell out?

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