, will consolidate
its policies across all of its 60+ services, which include GMail, Google+, YouTube, and the Google search engine. Under the new policy, the company will combine information users provide to one service with information from other services; for example, users who are logged into their Google accounts and are watching Pink music videos on YouTube may see more Pink ads in GMail. The company will not give users an opt-out option but notes
that users do not need to log into their Google account to use many services, including Search, Maps and YouTube.
The changes come less than a year after Google settled
with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the company “used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy promises to consumers” with the creation of its now-defunct social network, Google Buzz.
Rep. Ed Markey
(D-MA) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who co-chair the Congressional Bi-partisan Privacy Caucus, have asked
by stressing that it provides users with various privacy tools that they can use to keep some of their data secret.