New Google privacy policy

  Laurence WM 18 Feb 12
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Is this an appropriate topic for PC Advisor?

If so, could anyone explain its ramifications briefly, or direct me to a good article or forum discussion about it, or advice about how best to deal with it if you value privacy?

Is it a good reason to avoid Google Chrome?

Thanks, Laurence

  Forum Editor 19 Feb 12

It certainly is an appropriate topic, and you're right to raise it.

Briefly Google (the new policy doesn't just apply to Chrome) is not changing its attitude to confidentiality - your personal details or identity will not be sold or distributed to a third party without your consent, unless required by law. Google say that has always been the case, and that it will remain so.

The best thing to do is to take a look at Google's own FAQ page and satisfy yourself that you are aware of how the changes might affect you.

  Laurence WM 20 Feb 12

Thanks very much, Editor. This is very useful.

I've read some worrying reports about the policy. Your referring me to Google's own description suggests that you think the cynical, alarming interpretations unjustified.

L

  Forum Editor 20 Feb 12
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Whenever Google is mentioned it brings out the cynic in large numbers of people - they alternate between Microsoft and Google as far as hate objects go.

The fact is, Google publicly declares its privacy policy in plain English, and you either accept that as being the company's policy or you don't. I've used Google for years,and I've used Chrome as my main browser ever since it first saw the light of day. I exercise common sense, and as far as I'm aware my details haven't been sold off or given to a third party. I can't be sure of that, of course, but I do know that I have not suffered any ill effects as a consequence of using Chrome, or Picasa (the excellent and free image management application from Google), or the Google search engine.

  Laurence WM 20 Feb 12

Thanks again, Editor. That's good to know.

L

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