[Air-L] Google privacy policy changes in 2012

Tery G teryg93 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 06:52:08 PST 2012

Hi all,

I have a couple of questions about this and am hoping someone here might
know. My understanding is that Google's new privacy violations occur only
if you're logged into one of their services. So if you don't leave your
Google mail or calendar logged in all day, the new cross-site tracking
they're planning can't occur . . . is that right?

Also, does anyone know where the Chrome browser fits into all of this? It's
become the browser I use most, but if using it adds to my loss of privacy,
I can easily switch back to Safari or Firefox.

I know it's impossible to retain anything like complete privacy online, but
Google has really annoyed me with this move. I've ditched Google+ and
traded in Google calendar for iCal. Still looking for a different search
engine, and wondering about the browser. Last on the list might be to
switch my various group memberships to a different email address; I haven't
decided about that yet since my other accounts are POP mail and I'm not
sure I want volumes of list mail downloading to my iPad.

It would be very strange to not have a google affiliation for the first
time in many years.

Thanks for any information.

Tery Griffin

On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM, Richard Forno <rforno at infowarrior.org>wrote:

> Might be of interest to some AOIR'ers here, either as a matter of
> scholastic research or just a personal concern.  -- rick
> Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out
> By Cecilia Kang, Tuesday, January 24, 4:33 PM
> Google will soon know far more about who you are and what you do on the
> Web.
> The Web giant announced Tuesday that it plans to follow the activities of
> users across nearly all of its ubiquitous sites, including YouTube, Gmail
> and its leading search engine.
> Google has already been collecting some of this information. But for the
> first time, it is combining data across its Web sites to stitch together a
> fuller portrait of users.
> Consumers won’t be able to opt out of the changes, which take effect March
> 1. And experts say the policy shift will invite greater scrutiny from
> federal regulators of the company’s privacy and competitive practices.
> < -- >
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/google-tracks-consumers-across-products-users-cant-opt-out/2012/01/24/gIQArgJHOQ_print.html
> Google Blog Post @
> http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/updating-our-privacy-policies-and-terms.html
> ---
> Just because i'm near the punchbowl doesn't mean I'm also drinking from it.
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