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Google’s Privacy Dilemma: Damned If They Do; Damned They Don’t

January 31, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Changes over Google's proposed privacy changes need some clarification. Google has not made any radical changes to its privacy policies. Google still does not sell personal information to third parties. Google is not collecting more or less information than before. Google still does not have people in its company reading through people’s email or search history. And Google still offers users the ability to control their data through various tools including the Google Dashboard, an opt-out feature for personalized ads, and the Data Liberation Front which allows users to export data from Google services. More importantly, users can simply opt to not use Google products. As great as Google is, there are plenty of alternatives if users choose to leave.