We’ve known that this was coming for a few days now, but this morning, Google users got this message:
We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read.
Gee, that sounds great. Thanks Google! … Wait, what? I can’t opt out and now you’ll know everything about me??
So are you saying I just agreed to let Google see the pictures I posted to Picasa? (I swear it’s not as bad as it looks!) Store all of my search terms? (yes, I Googled Bieber. Leave me alone.) But do I really want Google reading my mind and telling me that I forgot to leave work in time to make it to my dentist appointment? Maybe.
Here’s the deal. Some will love it. Some will hate it.
If you’re signed into Google, any move you make in a Google product will be stored. The data will allow Google to tailor your online experience. For example, I upload a picture of my cat Victoria, and talk about how awesome she is. Two days later, I search* for images of “Victoria.” Google will assume that I want to find pictures of my cat and not Posh Spice, so they’ll push pictures of my cat to the front of the results. Convenient or creepy?
What side of the fence are you on?
*Personalized search can be turned off, but for the sake of my example, it’s on!