Google changes privacy policy

If you have any Google accounts, you should have received this email by now:

Dear Google user,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.We believe this stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.
One policy, one Google experience

Easy to work across Google Tailored for you Easy to share and collaborate
Easy to work across Google

Our new policy reflects a single product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether 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.

Tailored for 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.

Protecting your privacy hasn’t changedOur 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). Understand how Google uses your dataIf you want to learn more about your data on Google and across the web, including tips and advice for staying safe online, check out Got questions?
We got answers.
Visit our FAQ at read more about the changes. (We figured our users might have a question or twenty-two.)

Notice of Change

March 1, 2012 is when the new Privacy Policy and Terms will come into effect. If you choose to keep using Google once the change occurs, you will be doing so under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

This is a huge change that needs to be considered by all Google users carefully. Read the article about selling your soul to Google. Teacher Richard Byrne has some pointers on how to sidestep some of the problems this change has created.

It’s worth discussing this change further with family members who have Google accounts (including YouTube, gmail, Google Reader and Google Docs.)

Have you checked your Facebook apps lately?

Teacher and technology wunderkind Richard Byrne has written an important blog post reminding Facebook (and Twitter) users to check which apps they’ve authorised to use and post from their account.

It’s often surprising just how many apps we’ve authorised and it’s possible that some of these apps could lead to our account being compromised. Anyone who’s received spam DMs or messages from ‘friends’ know that this is a real possibility.

Read Richard’s entire article here.