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Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Thu 26-Jan-12 14:54:45
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Email from Google


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A friend has received an email purporting to be from Google entitled Changes to Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. As far as he knows he has only, and does only, use Google for searching.

It's addressed to his ISP related email box so how have they got his email address? Why would he need to know changes to privacy and security when he only uses Google for searching? Are Google now going into the spam business?

Anyone seen this and/or has views on it?

Tony
Standard User mr_bean
(member) Thu 26-Jan-12 15:07:23
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Re: Email from Google


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There's certainly a change in policy by Google - see this article on The Register for some more details.

Haven't seen any email from Google personally - check the headers and the target of any links (and probably safest just to have a policy of not following links in emails anyway). If it looks legit your friend must have typed his email address somewhere into one of Google's services. If not maybe the phishing scams have started to use this already?

Edited by mr_bean (Thu 26-Jan-12 15:08:37)

Standard User sobranie
(experienced) Thu 26-Jan-12 15:19:46
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Re: Email from Google


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Received this email myself, gist of it follows. Can't say i'm really bothered one way or the other!

Dear Google user,

We're getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that's a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.

We believe this stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at http://www.google.com/policies. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.


One policy, one Google experience
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Easy to work across Google
Our new policy reflects a single product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, we want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with ease.
Tailored for you
If you're signed into Google, we can do things like suggest search queries – or tailor your search results – based on the interests you've expressed in Google+, Gmail, and YouTube. We'll better understand which version of Pink or Jaguar you're searching for and get you those results faster.
Easy to share and collaborate
When you post or create a document online, you often want others to see and contribute. By remembering the contact information of the people you want to share with, we make it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors.


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Protecting your privacy hasn't changed
Our goal is to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible, through products like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager, alongside other tools. Our privacy principles remain unchanged. And we'll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests).
Understand how Google uses your data
If you want to learn more about your data on Google and across the web, including tips and advice for staying safe online, check out http://www.google.com/goodtoknow
Got questions?
We got answers.
Visit our FAQ at http://www.google.com/policies/faq to read more about the changes. (We figured our users might have a question or twenty-two.)


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Notice of Change
March 1, 2012 is when the new Privacy Policy and Terms will come into effect. If you choose to keep using Google once the change occurs, you will be doing so under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


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Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Thu 26-Jan-12 15:24:11
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Re: Email from Google


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He forwarded me the email but I haven't seen the headers. The link targets look ok.

Form the other response it is probably genuine though he and I are puzzled as to how Google has his address. I have 2 gmail accounts but have received nothing along these lines.

Tony
Moderator billford
(moderator) Thu 26-Jan-12 15:24:44
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Re: Email from Google


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I've received the same email- many moons ago I had a play with Google calender, presumably they've remembered my email address from that.

It's very easy to accidentally set up an account on Google, and they never forget you crazy

~~~~~~~~~~~~
Bill

bill@thinkbroadband.com __________________Planes and Boats and ... __________________BQM

Edited by billford (Thu 26-Jan-12 15:25:09)

The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband moderator but it does not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.
Standard User AEP
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 26-Jan-12 15:29:57
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Re: Email from Google


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Google know a lot more about you than you think. And the new policy, if it is actually allowed to be applied (which is doubtful) will mean they are going to do a lot more with that information.

You'll get your email in due course.
Standard User Daniel_g
(regular) Thu 26-Jan-12 16:19:44
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Re: Email from Google


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Got the same as sobranie at 3.35 today, will have a look at the link later tomorrow when I can sit and go through it, Not a dodgy email i guess.

Like bill said, must have put the non google email into something of theirs at some point.

nothing to worry about, or is it. don't get rubbish and spam on it so they are ok I guess.
Get rubbish on the BT email so dropped that and moved everything usefull and people that matter be told to use google one.

Is a real email as been said by Sobranie
Standard User martinsq
(newbie) Thu 26-Jan-12 22:01:20
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Re: Email from Google


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Virgin users ?
See here:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/26/google_email...
Regards,
Martin
Standard User Daniel_g
(regular) Fri 27-Jan-12 07:16:02
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Re: Email from Google


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Good stuff,

Google email everyone.
Still they did get the email addresses by being given,
A bit much though!.

I like it as it goes with the android phone and google locate and emails pushed to the phone straight away.

I have no complains and no silly spam like I now get on the BT one I willdrop and use gmail.
Standard User pcologist
(newbie) Fri 27-Jan-12 08:31:03
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There is no point blaming any ISP for SPAM they only convey the mail to you....and once you start using Google mail I have no doubt that it will not take long for the SPAM to return and your every move will also be fully monitored by Google.
It’s difficult to avoid SPAM no matter how hard you try being careful with your email addresses. Use several email addresses one as a general sacrificial email and one for your privacy to be used only by “known sources”, don’t give your addresses out freely on the web.
We give the ISP’s enough grief without blaming them for SPAM that we caused ourselves….protect your email addresses use a good email client remember SPAM filters can help but check what they are stopping regularly, and the best of luck with big brother!
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