Google to use your name and photo to endorse products you have reviewed - and they won't ask you first

  • Changes will start on November 11 but will only affect users with Google+
  • You can opt out of sharing
  • Your reviews and content bought on Google Play store could show up in ads displayed to your friends and connections when they search on Google

By Associated Press

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Google wants your permission to use your name, photo and product reviews in ads that it sells to businesses.

The internet search giant is changing its terms of service starting Nov. 11, but it will only affect users with Google+.

Your reviews of restaurants, shops and products, as well as songs and other content bought on the Google Play store could show up in ads that are displayed to your friends and connections when they search on Google.

Enlarge   Google changes: The search giant has outlined the updates on its policies and principles page

Google changes: The search giant has outlined the updates on its policies and principles page

However, you can opt out of sharing.

Google's move follows a similar proposal by Facebook. The social network in August said it would show users' faces and names in ads about products they clicked to 'like'.

That proposal was criticized by privacy groups. They asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into the matter.

 

Google outlined the new changes on its website: 'Your Profile name and photo might appear in Google products (including reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts).

'You can control whether you image and name appear in ads via the Shared Endorsements setting'

Google went on to explain why they're making the changes, writing: 'We want to give you and your friends and connections the most useful information.

'Recommendations from people you know can really help. So your friends, family and others may see your Profile name and photo and content like the reviews you share or the ads you +1'd.'

More information about the changes can be found on Google's policies and principles page.

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Google's New York City headquarters on 8th Avenue pictured

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I am not signed up to any social networking sites, if I want to share pictures with people I know I will send them direct no need for Google & every other idiot online looking at them and inviting me to be their friends. I use Yahoo rather than Google, and I have all tracking switched off on my phone and only switch it on when needed then its off again and I pay cash whenever possible. I value my privacy and whilst I know I can't avoid the tentacles of technology completely especially considering there are more CCTV camera in England than anywhere else in the world and more going up all the time but what little privacy is left I want to keep. If you don't want to be Googled then avoid them whenever possible and to all those Android users Google will find out alot about you from the apps you download, you want security go Blackberry. Google make the NSA look like ammeters.

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Google provide a great service, and it is all free. This doesn't come cheap, I don't mind a few ads.

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When is it ever going to be enough?

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Will Politicians order a Leverson enquiry in order to try and control them like the press????????????????

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Be prepared to be controlled even more........

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Only an utter airhead would have signed up to Google's G+ information-gathering social network using their real personal information. And there's no point in signing up to it using false information.

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Oh no they wont. They don't know my real name and don't have a photo. I don't use any social network sites anyway and if they do I'll just find another web browser and email provider.,SIMPLES

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Google, Twitter, Facebook, turns out their 1st allegiance is to the United States Government. They kowtow to the NSA. Not at all good for privacy! Actually their is NO privacy, if you're on the internet. The Government knows everything about you and me, sick.

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What if it told you i don't have Facebook twitter any pictures of me or even any real names on the net

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