Changes to Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Changes to Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Google has announced changes to it’s privacy policy. Every time one of the internet giants change privacy laws it does create some confusion and also make us think about our privacy.

Below is the low down of what Google’s change in privacy entails.

Google is getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read.

The new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting their desire to create a simple and intuitive experience across Google.

Google says they believe this stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read their 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

Google’s new policy reflects a single product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether you’re reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, they want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with

Tailored for you

If you’re signed into Google, they 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, Google makes it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors.

Protecting your privacy hasn’t changed

Google says it’s 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. Google will never sell your personal information or share it without your permission (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests).

Got questions? We’ve got answers.

Visit Google’s FAQ at to read more about the changes.

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.

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