You may have heard a little hubbub recently about Google's planned change to its Privacy Policies.
What's the issue?
Google says this change will improve the user experience. Critics say the change will make it harder for users to limit what Google can do with their information.
What does Google say about people's concerns?
Google has several blog posts that address concerns that have been raised, as well as a post addressing some of the "myths" circulating about the upcoming change.
Google also has some tools to help you control your information:
If you haven't already checked out the Google Dashboard, it's a great place to start. Concerned about your Google search information being available to other services? You might want to start by disabling Web History and opting out of Search Personalization.
What are your options?
The options are pretty simple. Disagree with the policy? Opt out and use non-Google services. Want to keep using Google services? Accept the policy and do what you can to address your concerns.
This post from Jon Mitchell at ReadWriteWeb, in addition to pooh-pooh-ing some of the concerns about the policy change, has this common sense advice:
Want to get a little less cozy with Google? Check out Wired's "Hide from Google" post.