According to a report published by ABC News on October 11, an update to Google's terms of service was unveiled on Friday revealing the company's intent to use its user's name, photo and product reviews in ad endorsements that it sells to businesses.
ABC News reports that Google plans to use its users reviews of things like restaurants, songs, movies, and more. These “endorsements” will reportedly be shown under ads posted around the Internet, and will in the user's name, profile photo, and a snippet of their review of the product.
Google reportedly said they wanted to their users and their friends “the most useful information,” and added that getting “recommendations from people you know can really help.”
You can choose to participate fully.
You can choose to only share your data with your circle of friends or contacts.
You can opt out completely.
The new shared endorsements begin on November 11, so you have about a month to decide where you stand. If you decide you want to opt out of the new shared endorsements, all you have to do is visit the account setting page on your Google Plus account and edit the setting.
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