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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:43 PM

Google privacy change draws 'firestorm'
Analysts explain the breadth of the Google data collection plan and how users can avoid it
By Sharon Gaudin
March 2, 2012 06:14 AM ET

Computerworld - Analysts are split on how Google's new privacy rules, which went into effect on Thursday, will affect users -- and ultimately the company itself.

The rewritten and unified privacy policy, now the law of the Internet company's land, lets Google combine data from most Google services.

Google has been notifying users about the impending change since late January via email announcements and notices on its search pages.

Google contends that the new rules don't veer from previous privacy policies. The company says the changes make it easier for users to see what information the company has collected about them while they use Google's free search engine, Gmail service, maps, browser and Android-based smartphones.

The company also notes that users still have control over how they use Google's online services and that private user information remains private.

Critics, however, say the new privacy policy gives Google free rein to parse together a user's personal information to find out what she is interested in, who she talks to, where she goes and, basically, who she is.

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