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Google Privacy: “The Real Story”

Google aims to set the record straight

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I don’t think there’s really any new information here, but Google has put up a post on its Public Policy blog called “Setting the record straight about our privacy policy changes” aiming to “clear up some of the misconceptions” about its privacy policies that “first appeared in the Washington Post”.

Here’s a bullet list Google policy manager Betsy Masiello includes in the post under the heading “Here’s the real story”:

  • You still have choice and control. You don’t need to log in to use many of our services, including Search, Maps and YouTube. If you are logged in, you can still edit or turn off your Search history, switch Gmail chat to “off the record,” control the way Google tailors ads to your interests, use Incognito mode on Chrome, or use any of the other privacy tools we offer.
  • We’re not collecting more data about you. Our new policy simply makes it clear that we use data to refine and improve your experience on Google — whichever products or services you use. This is something we have already been doing for a long time.
  • We’re making things simpler and we’re trying to be upfront about it. Period.
  • You can use as much or as little of Google as you want. For example, you can have a Google Account and choose to use Gmail, but not use Google+. Or you could keep your data separate with different accounts — for example, one for YouTube and another for Gmail.

For more on the privacy policies, and the controversy they’ve created, read here.

As previously reported, Google has been sending users emails about the policy update:

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  • http://tangotool.com Jake Schneider

    And also ensures “don’t be evil”.

    Googles own guideline.

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