Sorry kids, if you’re not old enough to form a bindingcontract with Google you’ll have to find some other toys.
And if you’re anadult but you’vebeen bannedfrom using theservicespreviously, you’llalso have to findsome other formof amusement.
So what sort of actions should you NOT perform whilstusing a Google service?Contravene the software / data laws of the applicable countriesAccess a service via any means other than the Google interface (that meansno scripts or web crawlers guys!)Attempt to disrupt any of Google’s servers and / or networksDuplicate or resell any of the Google services
Committing any of these acts may result in thetermination of your access to the services or legal action (Google).
Okay, so that’s the naughty stuff out of the way. Sowhat SHOULD you be doing whilst using a Googleservice?Make sure that you are who you say you areThat your details are correct and up to dateBe responsible for any of your passwordsAgree to be responsible for any violationof your responsibilities (Google)
So who owns the content that I produce and use on aGoogle service? Well, you get to keep the copyright but Google can do pretty much whatever it wants with your work. This includes modifying, publishing and distributing your content to a huge array of individuals and / or organisations, (Google).
“We are moving to aGoogle that knows moreabout you” (Schmidt, 2005).Scary?But why does Google wantto know more about ME?
In order tobetteruphold,safeguardand improvetheirservices...
And so that they can protect yourrights... and theirs (Google).
Is Googleserious aboutprotectingusers’privacy?Thatdepends.
In 2006 Google (partially)successfully defended againsta subpoena brought by theU.S. Dept of Justice who wasseeking info which may haveaffected users’ privacy(Broache, 2006).Hooray for Google! But, thereare other examples including...
The fact that Google used to place cookies that werenot due to expire until 2038! (Agger, 2007)
They have 8 different methods ... yes, 8!These include Information Cookies User communications (inc SMS Affiliate & email) 3rd party apps Location Log information Unique application number (Google Privacy Centre, 2010)
“If you have somethingthat you don’t want anyoneto know, maybe youshouldn’t be doing it in thefirst place” (Schmidt,2008)
Sure, most of what you do in Googleis free, but what else have you given away?
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