Google recently announced a major change in their privacy policies governing their wide range of services.
The company said that they were getting rid of individual policies for each individual product. They are basically switching to one single policy that is applicable to their entire network.
Critics were not amused. There were a lot of hoopla on the web claiming that Google is getting evil and yada yada yada.
Google has now responded to all the criticism in a fresh blog post that clarifies the basic points once again.
You still have choice and control. You don’t need to log in to use many of our services, including Search, Maps and YouTube. If you are logged in, you can still edit or turn off your Search history, switch Gmail chat to “off the record,” control the way Google tailors ads to your interests, use Incognito mode on Chrome, or use any of the other privacy tools we offer.
We’re not collecting more data about you. Our new policy simply makes it clear that we use data to refine and improve your experience on Google — whichever products or services you use. This is something we have already been doing for a long time.
We’re making things simpler and we’re trying to be upfront about it. Period.
You can use as much or as little of Google as you want. For example, you can have a Google Account and choose to use Gmail, but not use Google+. Or you could keep your data separate with different accounts — for example, one for YouTube and another for Gmail.