Monday, 30 January 2012

One policy, one Google experience

On March 1, 2012 Google will replace over 60 different privacy policies in its services. What do they entail? And reasons why are? Moreover, are the reasons why objective reasons or are they Google’s reasons? 

As a Google customer – I pay for multiple Google services – I am slightly worried but mostly inquisitive about what Google has in store for us this time. The below article includes the original newsletter mailed to me by Google.

We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google. How very Apple of them…the intuitivity that is.

Easy to work across Google
Our new policy reflects our desire to create a simple product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether you’re reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, we want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with ease. Good customer focus! Still not convinced entirely…

Tailored for you (shouldn’t it be ‘tailored by you?)
If you’re signed into Google, we can do things like suggest search queries – or tailor your search results – based on the interests you’ve expressed in Google+, Gmail, and YouTube. We’ll better understand which version of Pink or Jaguar you’re searching for and get you those results faster.

Easy to share and collaborate
When you post or create a document online, you often want others to see and contribute. By remembering the contact information of the people you want to share with, we make it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors. Not entirely true, a lot of office networks block Google’s  sharing functionality. Very unfortunate, and not entirely Google’s fault…

Protecting your privacy hasn’t changed
Our goal is to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible, through products like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager alongside other tools. Our privacy principles remain unchanged. And we’ll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests). Hm..

Understand how Google uses your data
If you want to learn more about your data on Google and across the web, including tips and advice for staying safe online, check out I found this a truly informative page! Very usable as well!!

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