Google Privacy Polices and Terms of Service

Posted Apr 03, 2012 at 7:57 pm in Threads > Opinions

Who Cares? or Stay Off My Lawn!

Let me preface this by saying that I’m generally a fan of Google products. There have been a few that were terrible (Wave) but I find that the vast majority appeal to me. With that said…

What is the deal with Google’s privacy policies and terms of service that tends to stir up emotions and fears?

Personally, I have agreed to every Google request for info and tend to opt in on every new service they offer. I do so knowing that my info is no longer solely mine. I do so trusting that Google will use the info for the stated purpose and that it will benefit me in the way that is presented. I feel that the best way to keep private info private, is to not post it online anywhere or share that info in any way with any company, Google included. Google services are extremely convenient for me. I feel that a big reason for that is because I allow Google to access the info which it asks for.

I’ve heard people complain a lot (on this website and in what some people call ‘real life’) about Google not giving consumers the option to “opt out” if said consumer has an issue with terms and/or policies. This, to me, is completely wrong. The opt out clause is not using the product. That is the universal opt out method in a free market economy. It applies to tv channels, music, cars, etc. Anything that is a personal choice and not mandatory, has an opt out clause of ‘Don’t use it if you don’t like it.’ I realize it sounds crude, but I am not trying to come across that way. That’s just Economics 101.

After some good banter in the comments about this very subject, I’ve had no choice but to realize that I am probably in the minority with my opinions on Google and privacy in general. Also, I’ve seen that opinions on this matter can be very strong and taken extremely personal (not surprising considering it is personal info we’re talking about).

So I would just like to know from people on the other side of the fence…What is the deal with Google’s privacy policies and terms of service that tends to stir up emotions and fears?