[LINK] [PRIVACY] Google to track users across its sites, whether they like it or not
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Fri Jan 27 09:55:39 EST 2012
>Roger Clarke wrote:
>> Are they really saying that they are reneging on previous
>>undertakings in relation to their existing holdings of personal
At 9:41 +1100 27/1/12, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>No roger, I think they are saying they are going to rationalise their user
>databases across their acquisitions/services - youtube, maps, etc.
>Currently I use the same username/password to access a couple of Google
>Services. I don't/wouldn't login for search, but have observed others like
>this personalisation. However, if I don't logout/close window/delete
>cookie, I notice, I remain logged in for search!
>Single signon, across systems, is a common goal of many organisations.
My reading of this is that they are indeed reneging on their previous
I'll post my analysis when it's sufficiently well-developed.
But the fact is that streams of data arising from any one service
were (or at least were supposed to be) used only in relation to that
The new Terms says that they will use all data from all services in
relation to all services.
And they strongly imply that the change is retrospective, and that
all past data will be used for all services, not just the service
from which it was sourced.
That is a renege on the original terms of service.
Agreed: this applies only to user-accounts.
But that limitation is nominal only.
Tell me - how confident are you that your behaviour when not logged
in isn't correlated with your user-account?
(Your behaviour is correlatable on the basis of at least
cookie-contents, IP-address(es) and browser-signature).
[Just to clarify, I don't mean 'your' in any aggressive sense, and
maybe I should use 'one's' instead. I can't say 'our', because I
don't use a Google user-account. I did create one at one stage, but
I don't use it, and I certainly won't be logging into it any more.]
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