Before – 80 Separate Policies
+1 Button, Advertising, Advisor, Apps, Blogger, Books, Buzz, Chrome, Chrome Frame, Gears, Google+, Google Music, Google Notebook, Google TV, Google Web Toolkit, Groups, Health Knol Location Service in Firefox, Mobile, Moderator, Orkut, Picasa, Postini, Safe Browsing, Sites, Store, Toolbar, Trader, Translator Toolkit, Voice, Wallet, Web Accelerator, Web History, YouTube
38 State Attorney Generals Object to Changes
On a fundamental level, the policy appears to invade consumer privacy by automatically sharing personal information consumers input into one Google product with all Google products.
It rings hollow to call their ability to exit the Google products ecosystem a “choice” in an Internet economy where the clear majority of all Internet users use – and frequently rely on – at least one Google product on a regular basis.
State AGs’ Letter Con’t
The CNIL and the EU data protection authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of data across services and have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing. They intend to address these questions in detail with Google’s representatives.
Welcomes effort to streamline policies, but “should not be conducted at the expense of transparency and comprehensiveness for users.” Recommends multi-layered approach for each service.
Reiterate EU’s call for a pause.
47 Percent Unaware of Change
Only 12 Percent Reviewed Policy
From Big Brother Watch
Users Can Still Opt-Out (sort of)
Google’s public policy blog post explains: 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. . . .
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.
PC World Checklist
Check Google Dashboard for info already stored
Clear Your Google Web History
Tweak Your Ads Preferences
Liberate Your Data
The Nuclear Option: Delete Your Google Account
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