Google dings missive to lawmakers: 'We're misunderstood'
Chocolate Factory promises it's not locking your privates in a vice
Google has responded to US politicos who demanded answers after the advertising giant announced it was "simplifying" its privacy policies across its huge online estate.
In a letter to eight members of Congress, Google's director of public policy, Pablo Chavez, explained he was hoping to "correct some of the misconceptions" about the tweaks to Mountain View's Terms of Service.
Chavez went on to cheerily highlight various "key points" that Google wanted to "clarify".
He reiterated comments made by the search biz last week about Google users' continued right to have "choice and control".
Chavez, who before joining the ad giant worked on - among other things - internet censorship and privacy for Republican Senator John McCain, went on to list the variety of privacy tools made available to punters with Google accounts.
The Google counsel skirted over the fact that users have to proactively opt out of being tracked around the internet by Mountain View - an opportunity presented when they log into Google+ and other products the company has knitted together.
No more data will be collected by Google than is currently the case, Chavez said. Nor will any "personally identifiable information" be sold on.
He used examples of how a user could keep Google services separate from one another. A Gmail user doesn't have to use Google+, Chavez said, without pointing out that all new signups to the email service are automatically logged into its social network by default.
A user can have different accounts, too, said Google's policy wonk. A surprising comment given how keen the company wants to be the online identity shepherd.
On other plans for sharing data across its products, Google declined to comment, preferring to tell the members of Congress that it had nothing else to announce at this time. ®
Truth be told though, we could use a sane, measured and hysteria-free summary on what exactly those changes mean. And I've yet to see that anywhere.
If anyone has links, please post/respond.
What I, as a user, would like from you is a top notch search engine, unfortunately your search results are irrelevant shite at the moment.
Please go back to what you used to be good at instead of pissing about trying to catch up with others in different areas.
chocolate, privates, vise, etc.
"Chocolate Factory promises it's not locking your privates in a vice"
This can only mean one thing: they want to lock my privates in a vise.
I knew right away that Google was up to no good early last week, when I went to catch a subway downtown, and noticed that in nearly every other train, every car had almost every available square inch of advertising space plastered with light, airy, cheery ads talking about their wonderful new way of tracking users and why they need to, and why they need to stuff you full of cookies, etc.
What had to be the stupidest one of the bunch was one that explains why they need to know your search habits in order to serve you search results for "VW Beetle" when you want "VW Beetle" and not "beetle", the insect. Jeezus H. Christ on a stick. If all I want is results for "VW Beetle", all I have to do is click on "Advanced Search" and type "VW Beetle" into the "exact phrase" field. How goddamn' tough is _that_?