GREENSBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina attorney general and 31 of his colleagues believe Google’s recent policy change is now invading its users’ privacy.
Those attorneys general and other privacy watchdog groups worry that Google is learning too much about its users by sharing your information seamlessly across all its sites, including Youtube, Gmail and Google Maps.
GTCC student Tori Mashore saw the changes firsthand Thursday. An ad popped up on YouTube from a site he just searched on Google.
“It could be concern of privacy, too,” Mashore said. “Say you’re looking up something more private–for you only–and the next thing you know, somebody goes onto YouTube or any other website. And then it’s like, ‘Oh, he’s been looking up this because this commercial popped up.’ It could ruin the surprise for anything–a ring, you know?”
“Nothing is going to be private, anymore,” said Ursula Bethea, who uses an alias on everything except Facebook. “I don’t feel like they should be able to do something like that without permission,” Bethea said.
Bethea also makes her children use online aliases for everything as well.
Google Attorney Keith Enright said users can change their privacy controls, and search results can be deleted or edited.
Customers can also log out of their accounts and use Google’s services anonymously.
“It’s about improving relevance. It’s about using information that you’ve shared with Google to make Google products and services more useful for you,” Enright said.
Google posted a notice over the last month across all its sites letting users know about the changes.