Yesterday Google announced an upcoming change in its terms and services that will allow them to use your profile photo and your real name alongside ads for products that you have reviewed or recommended. That is, unless you opt-out.

Google on Friday announced that it would soon be able to show users’ names, photos, ratings and comments in ads across the Web, endorsing marketers’ products. Facebook already runs similar endorsement ads. But on Thursday it, too, took a step to show personal information more broadly by changing its search settings to make it harder for users to hide from other people trying to find them on the social network.

Here’s how to opt-out of Google’s new ad terms

  1. Click this link to go to the “Shared Endorsements” page. You may need to login if you’re not already.
  2. Scroll down and uncheck the checkbox. Yes, not surprisingly you are automatically opted in to this new program
  3. Hit save and this image will popup
    Google Profiles2
    to which you will respond, absolutely and click continue.
  4. That’s it! Sit back and laugh maniacally at the thought of thwarting Google’s attempts to whore you out to random companies

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

One Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 I was super skeezed out when I saw this update….

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