Google's Tracking You (Even More Than Before)
While Google hasn't been known for its strong privacy practices when it comes to your information, it's taking the next leap towards ex-girlfriend stalker levels with its new tracking service.
Starting March 1, Google will monitor every move you make in Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Docs, Google +, search, maps and other online services into a database. According to the company, the purpose of this is to provide more accurate and personal online search results.
Good luck trying to keep this info away from Google -- the only way to avoid having a detailed file in its database is to shut down your Google accounts.
While I'm sure Google won't use the information for any other purpose than providing accurate search results and targeted ad placement, it's still a bit creepy to know that no matter what you do online, this corporation knows it.
And James Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, an online group that advocates safe online practices for children and families also agrees with the creep factor: "Google's new privacy announcement is frustrating and a little frightening. Even if the company believes that tracking users across all platforms improves their services, consumers should still have the option to opt out, especially the kids and teens who are avid users of YouTube, Gmail, and Google search."
How do you feel about Google watching your every move? Is it a violation of your privacy or is it just how business has to be done online? Answers welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- By Chris Paoli
Posted by Chris Paoli on 01/30/2012 at 1:19 PM