So, have you heard the news? Google has updated its Terms of Service, and part of that update means that Google can use your image, reviews, or other web crumbs in ads. Here’s how they break it down:
Because many of you are allergic to legalese, here’s a plain English summary for your convenience.
We’ve made three changes:
First, clarifying how your Profile name and photo might appear in Google products (including in reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts).Second, a reminder to use your mobile devices safely.
- You can control whether your image and name appear in ads via the Shared Endorsements setting.
Third, details on the importance of keeping your password confidential.
Much like Facebook did before it, Google is going to start packaging your data to sell as ads. Blessedly, however, Google is making it very easy to opt out something Facebook doesn’t allow you to do entirely.
Here’s how you do it.
Go to the Shared Endorsements page here. Scroll down until you see the box, uncheck it, and save. Super easy, but here’s an image for you just in case.
I’ve decided to allow my image to be used in ads – for now. I’m interested in seeing how that plays out. What about you? Will you opt out?