General – Google New Privacy Policies Start Enforcement Today
If you haven’t heard, Google will start enforcing their new privacy policies starting today (3.1.2012). From what I have read and heard, they are basically consolidating logging of usage of all of their services into one area. So if you have your web based gmail account open, and do a search through Google maps or Google search, they will be able to log this activity into one folder, representing you. It has been said that if you are not logged into any Google based services, that the best they can do is track your activity through your IP address. Also, it has been said that Google will “guess” the names of your contacts if you type a name into one of their services. For example, if you are typing in Google docs, the name of a contact and mis-spell their name, Google will attempt to auto-correct based off your contact list. Scary.
Personally, I don’t agree with these overly invasive privacy policies and will be looking to ways of abstracting my activities as much as possible, which includes; not using Google Chrome any more, switching from web based Gmail to IMAP client, and using a different search engine. It’s not that I have anything to hide, but this “big brother” approach in efforts of increasing revenues based off my activities has gone way past acceptable limits.