Google can use your name and photo in ads under new Terms of Service if you let them

Google is making a big change in its Terms of Service agreement it has with Google Account owners. The company revealed the changes late on Friday and if you have a Google Account you are immediately alerted to go to the Terms of Service page if you surf to any of Google's sites.

The changes, which officially go into effect on November 11th, center mostly on how Google can use a person's name and photo if they use a Google Account. Here is the part of the Terms of Service that has been updated:

If you have a Google Account, we may display your Profile name, Profile photo, and actions you take on Google or on third-party applications connected to your Google Account (such as +1’s, reviews you write and comments you post) in our Services, including displaying in ads and other commercial contexts.

Yep, that does mean that beginning on November 11th, you could see your name and image being used in Google ads, rather than just comments on YouTube or starred recommendations on Google Maps. However, the company says that any of its account users can opt out of this by going to the Shared Endorsements page and removing the check in the box that allows Google to access their name and photo in ads. Google adds, "This setting only applies to use in ads, and doesn’t change whether your Profile name or photo may be used in other places such as Google Play."

Google has also made a couple of other changes to its Terms of Service but these are more like recommendations to users. One is basically asking people not to use any mobile devices while they are driving a vehicle. The other is to be careful in using passwords that connect to Google services and to keep that information confidential.

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Hello,

I would repost this article on November 11th just in case Google decided to change many of our "ticks off" to "ticks on"

I've deleted my g+ profile so luckily don't have to worry about this. I am getting frustrated with these companies, particularly Google for being sneaky like this and having it opt-in by default. That is simply outrageous and unacceptable. Over the last year I've been trying to remove my google services for this very reason - just privacy settings are changed to opt-in. For the casual user, how would they ever know about this?

Fortunately when you are logged into your Google account, there is a big annoying Blue Banner on top of the screen that let's you know of this so you can opt out. So much for the comments on this page of people saying by default you are opted in and most won't even know about.

I opted in. Why the hell am I +1ing things and leaving reviews if people will not see it?

Hello,

wrack said,
Go to Google. Login and then go to https://www.google.com/settings/ads

Scroll to the bottom and Opt-Out from "Ads on Google" as well as "Google Ads Across the Web".

The only thing this does is show you random acts. If you like PCs, Google will always show you PC related ads. If you opt-out of that page, it will show you any ad.

riahc3 said,

The only thing this does is show you random acts. If you like PCs, Google will always show you PC related ads. If you opt-out of that page, it will show you any ad.

Thanks. You are right on unrelated ads because opting out means less tracking. Every bit helps

I'm removing everything Google from my computers and any and all I work on from now on. I'm switching to BING for search and home page.

wahoospa said,
I'm removing everything Google from my computers and any and all I work on from now on. I'm switching to BING for search and home page.

I'm happy for you /s

It was already unchecked for me, and apparently I wouldn't even be able to opt-in unless I first enabled that option on my Google Apps domain.

Maybe it's by default opt-in for Google Apps users then?

It's not that bad, just what Facebook does. If you gave a +1 on a site then your friends may see that you did in one of the ads for that site. If you +1 something it's public already anyway.

I just found out I have a G+ Profile. How can I delete it without deleting my GMail account?

What email service can we use where they don't try using our information for ads?

Spicoli said,
It looks like mine has reappeared even though I deleted it. It looks like the only way to get rid of it is just stop using Google.

Absolutely Wrong! But then again, I don't expect much from a typical Neowin user. They don't know much of anything outside the tiny bubble of Microsoft and spread FUD about things they obviously don't know anything about.

https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1044503?hl=en

Scroll down to the section called Delete my entire Google+ profile and follow the instructions.

ScottDaMan said,
Checked mine and it was defaulted checked, but I left it for now.

Where is this option please as i can't find it?

Yea, but they sneak sign you up these days. You probably have a Google+ page and don't know it if you've created a Google account recently. That's how they get the alleged numbers of users even though you barely ever see anything on it. It's a similar tactic to sneak installing chrome and making it the default when you install acrobat or flash.

Spicoli said,
Yea, but they sneak sign you up these days.

You mean like the idiots who surf the web and hit OK to install something? You mean they don't know how to read?

I'm not against that, but they have made opt-in. It's not clear to me if they can show your name and photo to unknown third parties (people not in your circles). I'm ok with them showing my name and photo to friends but to unknown parties, I don't know...

don't worry, they'll put the tick back on a little later when you've completely forgotten about it. you never actually turned it off, wink wink.

I remember reading somewhere else, that if you had some settings regarding +1 turned off, this would also be turned off automatically. It was off by "default" for me too.

Congress needs to make services that have an opt-in/opt-out be required to be opt-in.

If I want your email spam, then I'll ask for it. If I want a service to throw away my privacy, then I'll ask for it.

This one in particular is nasty. They're literally making money from your statements by using them to push people to click the link.

In fairness, it appears that they have made this opt-in. When looking, my box was unchecked (and I ensured that I hit save incase they decide no statement is acceptance).

pickypg said,
Congress needs to make services that have an opt-in/opt-out be required to be opt-in.

If I want your email spam, then I'll ask for it. If I want a service to throw away my privacy, then I'll ask for it.

This one in particular is nasty. They're literally making money from your statements by using them to push people to click the link.

In fairness, it appears that they have made this opt-in. When looking, my box was unchecked (and I ensured that I hit save incase they decide no statement is acceptance).

Yes, let's get Congress involved in every part of our lives.

Example; Take Act of Congress to get softer toilet paper, but do we really need them to make it softer? Or should we just rely on the free market? Remember, Congress will not only want to make the toilet paper softer, but will also want to dictate how many sheets you will be allowed to use per bathroom visit. Congress will want to know how times you use your bathroom every day so they can determine the amount of TP you will be allotted each month. Next Congress will tell you how many flushes your allowed per day, we don't want to waste water. By the time the Bill for Softer Toilet Paper has passed through all the hands of Congress, it want have anything to do with making it softer. This is exactly how Congress works to make your and my life better. Just be Careful what you wish for!

James P said,
Yes, let's get Congress involved in every part of our lives.
I'm definitely not going to be the first to ask for government intervention, but regulation is necessary here because the industry is not regulating itself. After all, Facebook just eliminated an opt-out feature (hiding from search), and Google is loosening their ToS in dramatic self-favor (granted, again, it does appear to be opt-in unlike the original stories said).

This is not a small thing, or an item. This is consumer protectionism and it's the purpose of Congress, unlike the other dribble they actually pass each-and-every year.

I realize it's unlikely that Congress will do what we really want it to do, but, of all things, this is the type of thing that they should be doing.