ready for Google’s new privacy policy?


the official new Google privacy policy goes into effect tomorrow. i imagine Google has an ongoing process for removing bogus accounts but would not anticipate any widespread cleansing to occur because that would generate bad press

however, it’s important to know that this change is occuring because many of us use Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, Blogger, Analytics, Documents, Chrome, Picassa, and more. you may be surprised at what Google already knows about you and you can go to your Google Dashboard to see how it all comes together

my avatar’s Google account was pretty vanilla, it knew where i live and have lived (pins on the Google map), my Analytics, and YouTube channel (the iliveisl blog analytics and channel)

for my real account it had a ton more information including the model phone i have and even what i downloaded to it (including Angry Birds!) =D

even when you are not logged in to your google account, Google still tracks you with cookies. a good way to clean that slate is to log into and Remove all web history. even if you DON’T have a Google account, you can go to and Disable customizations based on search activity

and it doesn’t stop there! w00t!

you may also want to opt out of having ads served to you based on your search history and that means going to another link, Google’s Ad Preferences, and Opt out (it takes two clicks for that one!)

these steps will help preserve a shred of your privacy. . . also keep in mind that Google does have language in their policies to delete avatar accounts:

Impersonate another person (via the use of an email address or otherwise) or otherwise misrepresent yourself or the source of any email

Create multiple user accounts in connection with any violation of the Agreement or under false or fraudulent pretenses

*waves to Big Brother Google looking at me via my web cam who then sends me tooth whitening ads!* =p

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written by Ener Hax

February 29th, 2012 at 10:24 am

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  1. Time to go surf the Russian porn sites … that oughta skew their results :-D

    Sarge Misfit

    29 Feb 12 at 10:34 am

  2. lol! you should use a proxy server for that – like Ultrasurf!

    i have written in the past about deeply obscuring your identity with the onion router (tor)

    Ener Hax

    29 Feb 12 at 10:57 am

  3. I thought the bilge was getting too full of water so I got the bucket.
    I removed all web history from my google accounts,
    all voice mails from my google voice (I’ll clean that out every day or so now).
    I removed adsense ($ had gone to pot anyway)
    and analytics from my webs.
    (I have another open-source analytics tool that I’m going to try out, that isn’t gung-ho to become a spy-ware).
    I installed DuckDuckGo’s ssl plug in for my browser bar.
    and donnottrack plus from I don’t imagine that my searches are all that exciting to the spy-ware lot, but nevertheless, it is time for some attention to be paid to privacy. I’m going to make March a month to improve on that. Maybe I need to be more Avatar as well? All these technologies coming together like they are for no other purpose than to be more spy-ware puts my teeth on edge.

    Araxie Longoar

    29 Feb 12 at 11:10 am

  4. *waves to Big Brother Google looking at me via my web cam who then sends me tooth whitening ads!* =p

    And a list of underwear retailers, to replace missing ones.

    Assuming Google’s marketing algorithm marks the aforementioned as unintentional loss.

    Breen Whitman

    29 Feb 12 at 11:49 am

  5. hmmm .. en l’europe, on attend le resultat … “The CNIL and the EU data protection authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of data across services and have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing. They intend to address these questions in detail with Google’s representatives” I imagine Google will go ahead anyway, and sort out the detail later.

    Keith Selmes

    29 Feb 12 at 12:13 pm

  6. lol Breen, yes poor Ener Hax only has one pair of underpants! Ener’s agent drinks lots of tea and coffee and needs good toothpaste =D

    great article Keith, thank you . Apple just patented their method of using and collecting private data, pretty sobering what they capture

    Ener Hax

    29 Feb 12 at 12:23 pm

  7. Wonderful thanks!!


    29 Feb 12 at 12:29 pm

  8. look out Mera! you’re gonna get ads for Ikea meatballs and lingonberries! =D

    Ener Hax

    29 Feb 12 at 1:21 pm

  9. I was thinking of trying out Google Sites

    Sarge Misfit

    29 Feb 12 at 10:32 pm

  10. […] itself collects tons of data and there is a post in the “go to” links in the right sidebar that helps you reduce what they […]

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