Privacy with Google

Unless you live under a rock (without Internet connections) you've heard about Google's new Privacy Statement.

On 26 January 2012, Google posted this on it's Public Policy blog:
"A lot has been said about our new privacy policy. Some have praised us for making our privacy policy easier to understand. Others have asked questions, including members of Congress, and that’s understandable too. We look forward to answering those questions, and clearing up some of the misconceptions about our privacy policies that first appeared in the Washington Post. 

So, here’s the real story:

  • 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 otherprivacy tools we offer.
  • We’re not collecting more data about you. Our new policy simply makes it clear that we use data to refine and improve your experience on Google — whichever products or services you use. This is something we have already been doing for a long time.
  • We’re making things simpler and we’re trying to be upfront about it. Period.
  • 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.
For more detail, please read the new privacy policy and terms, and visit this site to learn more."

Click through to Google's Good to Know website, and click on the Manage Your Data choice.  Work through all the links on the left side of the page. If you access your Google Dashboard, remember that the new Privacy Settings won't show up until after 1 March 2012.

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Tips and advice on how to make sure you're in control of the data you share online. To learn more about your data online visit Google's Good to Know website www.google.com/goodtoknow

If you want to read more, see Mashable's post here, The Washington Post here, or Discovery News here.