Google will soon use your comments, ratings and photos for 'Shared Endorsements' ads

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Oct 11, 2013
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  1. Google on Friday updated its terms of service such that the search giant will soon be able to use your name, photos and comments as product endorsements for ads shown across the Internet. Content will be gathered from the company’s...

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  2. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 162   +15

    I already said "no thank you"

    when you get the e-mail click more info, then it takes you to the option to opt out.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    Google needs to leave me alone about using google+/adding my name to youtube.
    There's a reason I don't want to, and its nothing to do with google, but its simply not happening.
    Darth Shiv and avoidz like this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Oh well that automatically excludes me. I post on neither.
    cliffordcooley and psycros like this.
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I love how people seem to be foaming at the mouth about this on other sites... If you've put out a PUBLIC review, comment or endorsement on one of those sites or channels, that's what will be used. If you haven't done any reviews, nothing changes for you. The end.

    Bottom line? If you don't want your public opinions used, don't make your opinions public. Pretty simple, eh?
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I opted out. This is just creepy.
    avoidz likes this.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    Same here.
  8. t3chn0vamp

    t3chn0vamp TS Booster Posts: 128   +19

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  9. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    Creepy. Google are getting as bad as Facebook for privacy settings. Time to shut down those accounts.
  10. khha4113

    khha4113 TS Rookie

    Google doesn't force you, you can opt out.
  11. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    But even when you say No to the prompts, Google keeps asking you, nagging you.
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    I know. But youd think after saying "no" over 9000 times they'd stop asking me or trying to trick me into doing it.
    Darth Shiv and cliffordcooley like this.
  13. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Yes I don't want facebook or google's equivalent... free to give them an endorsement of what I think of them forcing the platform on google account holders ;)
  14. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    After article upon article and leaks of Uncle Sam watching your activity, people are mad over this?
  15. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    That's like saying that if you say "that's a nice dress" to someone in public then it's perfectly okay to post a full page ad with your image as an advertisement for the dress.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    And that is without paying you for using your identity in the advertisement. It is there way of getting advertisement materials for free while making a fortune collecting for the advertised item. We still have a right to keep our identity anonymous, especially when there is a buck to be made otherwise. If Google wants to use my identity and opinions for marketing value, they can pay me for the right first.
    learninmypc likes this.
  17. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Well, to be fair, it's more like screaming "THAT'S A NICE DRESS!!!" in the middle of a store (you are on Google property, not in "public"). It's a location that you know is recording your every interaction, and that you had to sign a waiver to even enter and speak in... But yah, other than that, what you said.
  18. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    I think that one problem is that people just don't see their conversations as lasting. When I answer you, I'm having a conversation with you. I don't mean to have that be recorded forever, in fact I won't refer to it ever again once I no longer feel like continuing it. Yet it will remain here forever, and TechSpot has a license to publish it forever.

    I also think that the "Google property" idea is problematic. I know I need sign an agreement, because Google is publishing what I'm writing. That doesn't mean that I expect what I post to be published in ways that I didn't intend. In the real world, I might implicitly agree that the store uses a CCTV to check on me, but I don't expect that footage to show up anywhere else.

    The problem with changing license is that I'm a hostage of Google. I'm already using its services, and while in theory I can say "I don't like it, I'll stop using these services" that would be a significant issue for me, so Google has a good chance of having me agree to things I don't like that much.
  19. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,673   +413

    I've followed several links in various newsletters I get on how to opt out of it but quickly realized since I use neither my real name or picture of myself online, what the heck. :)

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