[LINK] [PRIVACY] Google to track users across its sites, whether they like it or not
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Jan 25 18:15:05 EST 2012
At 16:51 +1000 25/1/12, K. Peachey wrote:
>Google to track users across its sites, whether they like it or not
>Tuesday, Google announced its intention to keep tabs on users that
>frequent its popular sites, including YouTube, Gmail, and, of course,
>its industry-leading search engine. And alarmingly, users won't be
>able to opt out of the changes, which are scheduled to take effect
>March 1st. ...
We need analyses of:
- the current position under the (various) Terms and Privacy Policies
- the differences between that position and the new one
Are they really saying that they are reneging on previous
undertakings in relation to their existing holdings of personal data?
Google may have the right to change the Terms and Privacy Policies
applicable to the services that they provide - with effect from some
date in the future.
That could mean that the personal data that they collect in the
course of providing those services, from that date onwards, is
subject to whatever freedoms they write for themselves (subject to
any overriding laws).
But surely Google has no legal ability to change the Terms and
Privacy Policies that apply to the (vast amount of) personal data
that they have collected to date and have in their archives at the
date they change their Terms.
>Alma Whitten, Google's director of privacy for product and
>combine information you've provided from one service with information
>from other services. In short, we'll treat you as a single user across
>all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google
>Google said the move will allow them personalize ads more effectively.
>If someone watches Coldplay clips on YouTube and lives near a major
>venue, for instance, Google could advertise tickets in that person's
>Gmail account when the band comes to town.
>Common Sense Media Chief Executive James Steyer had a more cynical take:
>"Google's new privacy announcement is frustrating and a little
>frighteningEven if the company believes that tracking users across
>all platforms improves their services, consumers should still have the
>option to opt out - especially the kids and teens who are avid users
>of YouTube, Gmail and Google Search."
>Steyer hit the nail on the head. Tracking users against their will, no
>matter how innocent the company's intentions, is a slippery slope, and
>one sure to stir up a backlash.
>Of course, there's one opt-out option Google's powerless to stop:
>Don't use their services. But that's easier said than done.
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