Google Privacy Policy: What Do You Think?
Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on February 13, 2012 @ 7:51PM
Created on February 13, 2012 @ 6:20PM
Two weeks ago, 5 News told you about Google's new terms of service, that's caused many to cry foul when it comes to protecting your privacy. Well late last week, an advocacy group took legal action against Google, and their new policy.

Some Google users we talked to today, say while the changes could be useful, they also seem like an invasion of privacy.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint last Wednesday, asking a Washington D.C. district court judge to stop Google, from making its new privacy policy change on March first. Some Google users we talked to today say this is a good thing.
 
"I think it's not really a good idea because it is an invasion of privacy and a lot of people don't want all their business being out there," said Roland Stephen Wilson, Google User.
 
"They can pretty much look at anything that you've done. And like, I mean if you want to get rid of it, you really can't, so I mean it's kind of lame," said Brandon Wilson, Google User.

Earlier this year, Google announced plans to update its privacy policy, which would make it easier for the search engine to share all of your personal information with other Google products, and create a detailed profile of each user.
 
"I understand that they're trying to make it easier for a search engine, for it to just come up, but a lot of times there's things that people don't want other people to see," said Roland Stephen Wilson.

Basically how the new policy works, is say if you're logged into your Google account, and you search for a celebrity, the next time you visit YouTube, you'll see that celebrity's music videos or TV appearances suggested for you to look at, even if you've never searched for them on YouTube before. Some say while this could be useful, it also seems like an invasion of privacy. But even though they don't like the changes, they say they're not going to stop using the search engine.
 
"I'm still going to use Google. Yeah, I mean, I use it the majority of the time for homework and papers and stuff like that, assignments, so, I'm still going to use it," said Brandon Wilson.
 
"No, probably not, because I've been using it for years, so it's probably going to continue," said Roland Stephen Wilson.

Google officials say the company is taking steps to make Google users aware of the new policy changes, and say the new policy will make it easier for those to understand.

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Comments (3)
Feb 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM
Google is NOT informing users fairly. It stresses only benefits, not risks. It knows that people don't/won't read/understand the actual Privacy Policy that they agree to.

That´s why I signed the "Google: Ask Fairly About Our Privacy" Petition. I urge anyone who wants to be informed fully and in understandable term what Google CAN do with your data, to sign it as well... www.change.org/petitions/google-ask-fairly-about-our-privacy
Feb 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM
This invasion of privacy is so fare beyond anything aceptable that I have stated to move away from using google. I hope many others will do the same. It is also a grandiose disrepect for the human intellect to make choices on their behalf. Google is evil.
Feb 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Google is in a big rush to push their new privacy policy through. And once you agree to it, they'll track and store all your activities across all of its services that you use, combining all that data into one massive "file" on you. We cannot stop them from trying to do this, but we can influence them to ask fairly.

Google understands the low level of sophistication of most users of the Internet. Most folks won't read the policy or give it the time of day. Google knows this and is taking advantage of it. If you want to become informed, the facts are spelled out on change.org http://www.change.org/petitions/google-ask-fairly-about-our-privacy Be prepared to have your eyes opened wide. Then sign the petition that asks Google to ask us fairly.