Google does another privacy blunder
January 10, 2014 1 Comment
[If you don’t have a Gmail/Google account, nothing to worry about. Note that using Google’s search page doesn’t mean that you have an account!]
Here we go again with Google and their privacy issues. Google is further integrating its Google+ social network service with its Gmail service by allowing users to send each other messages even if they don’t know the other user’s email address.
Google should have by defaulted opt out of the feature and allow the user to opt in. But like previous times…. They didn’t. Remember Google Buzz in 2010? It integrated into Gmail that automatically followed your list of contacts and made that list public, even though it had been private information until that point. 9 governments complained.
As well, if you had a Gmail/Google account, you automatically had your Google+ account enabled when Google+ started up. You needed to opt out. See the pattern? [Possibly a way for Google to boast that they had millions of people joining Google+ when in fact the Google users didn’t even know they were on Google+ .]
Here’s what you need to do to opt-out of receiving e-mails from random strangers on Google+:
- Login to your Gmail account.
- Click on the gear icon in the top-right corner and then click on Settings.
- Scroll down to Email via Google+ and select no one from the scroll bar. [You can optionally choose another option.]
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save for the setting to take effect.