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Google Announces New Privacy Policy

Google's new privacy policy could change the way users share their information.

Google has announced its new privacy policy and how it will change the way they gather data. 

Photo courtesy of Google Privacy and Policy page
Photo courtesy of Google Privacy and Policy page

The company will begin compiling information about users based on their activity on all of Google’s sites and products in order to provide users with a more personalized web experience such as presenting them with better targeting ads that are tailored to their interests.

Congress members in both the Democratic and Republican Parties are asking Google for greater explanation of the changes, hoping to ensure that consumer privacy is still protected.

Google says on their new privacy overview page that under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, their private information in Google services will remain private: "We won't share our users' personal information without their permission except in very limited circumstances like a valid court order."

Google officials say that users don’t have to be logged in to use many of Google’s products, like Youtube and the site’s search engine, and that no data is collected when a user is not logged in.

It is also possible for users to edit or disable their search histories in order to have their data remain private.

After the changes are instituted on March 1, users will not be able to opt out.

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