Re: What do you think about Google's new privacy policies?
posted at 2/29/2012 2:41 PM EST
Google doesn't "read" your email. They have written algorithms that will search your emails for certain words that pair it up with ads paid by companies. There isn't a person going through your email reading through your conversations. Besides, Facebook does it, your mobile phone does it, your Google search does it. As long as you use the internet, you're exposed.
If you choose to use the internet, you should acknowledge that your information will be out there. You can be smart about it and learn how to maximize your control over your privacy. It's like learning how to drive: you need to read the driver's test manual in order to know the rules of driving, you need to learn how to drive your automobile (car, truck, motorcycle, etc.) by either reading how to or taking a lesson, and then you go drive around. Ignorance is not an excuse to blame others.
Besides, wouldn't you want ads curbed toward your interests rather than having those annoying non-relavant ads coming up? Gmail and Google search has already been doing this for awhile; it's not new. They will be streamlining the privacy database. It'll be better for the user too: instead of worrying about multiple Google softwares, websites, content (blogger, Youtube, iGoogle, Google+, etc.) you just have to worry about one.
For those worried about it, go to your Google Dashboard and do some exploring. You'll find that you have a lot of control over what Google can store and what it can't store.
Lastly, most, if not all of Google content is for free. You always have the option of purchasing an email program without advertisements. You always have other options as well in terms of search sites, video content sites...etc. Just saying!