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03-28-2012, 03:01 PM
I'll move this to media center later, but I thought everyone should know about this...

New Google Account Activity Lets You Know What Google Knows About You

If you're confused about what Google does and doesn't know about your online activity, take heart: Google is letting you in on the secret.

Google today announced that it has created a new Account Activity feature that sends users monthly reports about what they've been doing while signed into Google services such as Google Play, Google+ and Gmail. Among other things, the monthly report will detail the number of emails you've sent and received, the number and types of searches you've conducted while signed into your Google account, the places that you've signed in from and the different platforms and operating systems you've used while signed in.

Andreas Tuerk, a Google product manager, described the new feature as something that "helps you better understand and manage your information on Google." For example, Tuerk says Account Activity can help users see if anyone has been signing into their Google accounts on locations where they don't visit or from devices they don't own, and thus give them the ability to change their password to stop unauthorized use.

The Account Activity feature is part of Google's broader effort to make sure users are more comfortable with the company's new privacy policies that allow for sharing of user data across multiple Google services. Google has maintained that these new policies will benefit users by providing them with more relevant advertising that comes from a broader variety of data on a given user's Internet behavior. Google insists that it is not selling users' data to outside parties and says that users can always sign out of their Google accounts if they don't want their searches tracked and used for personalized advertising.

The changes to Google's privacy policies, which took effect March 1, sparked concern among 36 state Attorneys General who wrote a letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking him to address the potential increased risk of identity theft that users could be subjected to under the new policies. Specifically, the attorneys general claimed that Google's new policy of consolidating users' data profiles across multiple services such as Gmail, YouTube and Google+ could make it easier for hackers to gain users' personal information and to steal their identity.

Google debuted its Account Activity feature on the same week that the Federal Trade Commission released its recommendations on privacy regulations that would give users more control over what information they share on the web. Among other things, the FTC recommended finalizing a Do Not Track service that lets users shut off websites' and browsers' online tracking practices, creating a centralized website for data vendors to reveal how they utilize user data and making new rules to ensure that mobile users are just as well protected from privacy invasions as users on desktop computers.

03-28-2012, 03:12 PM
That will be fun each month.

03-28-2012, 03:14 PM
So...this is the info that they will share with third party companies?

03-28-2012, 03:20 PM
So...this is the info that they will share with third party companies?

sort of.. they share GENERAL info not info specific to individual users... there is never a report on YOU that is shared with other companies

Information we share

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Google unless one of the following circumstances apply:

With your consent

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.

With domain administrators

If your Google Account is managed for you by a domain administrator (for example, for Google Apps users) then your domain administrator and resellers who provide user support to your organization will have access to your Google Account information (including your email and other data). Your domain administrator may be able to:

view statistics regarding your account, like statistics regarding applications you install.
change your account password.
suspend or terminate your account access.
access or retain information stored as part of your account.
receive your account information in order to satisfy applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
restrict your ability to delete or edit information or privacy settings.
Please refer to your domain administrator’s privacy policy for more information.

For external processing

We provide personal information to our affiliates or other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

For legal reasons

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.
We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.

If Google is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

03-28-2012, 03:32 PM
This is why I switched to Yahoo...

03-28-2012, 04:52 PM
Just another way for "Big Brother" to keep tabs on us. :shake:

03-28-2012, 06:03 PM
guess this won't bother most because they're not logged into google to use it.

03-28-2012, 06:22 PM
tinfoil hats

03-28-2012, 06:22 PM
Just another way for "Big Brother" to keep tabs on us. :shake:Privacy on the internet is an illusion. The leaps forward in Bot technology and the ability to data mine the data in the last 2 years has rendered privacy obselete.

03-28-2012, 07:30 PM
Guess I wont be hiding my porn addiction anymore

Simply Red
03-28-2012, 07:44 PM
did you mean: 'bleeding,lactating big tit slut'?