Google’s Search History feature, which was switched on as a default option for many Google searchers in February, has now been renamed Web History to reflect how it has expanded to track what Google users do as they surf the web. It’s a huge move for Google and raises anew privacy issues. Below, a detailed look at how the system works, how to pause or delete logging if you want, the impact on search results and more.This is a big story, and not all parts may be of interest to everyone. If you want to skip ahead, use the links to jump to particular sections: Web History Depends On Google Toolbar Web history is tied to the Google Toolbar. The Google Toolbar — first released back in December 2000 — has long had the ability to track whatever a user views across the web. This only happened if the toolbar’s PageRank meter was enabled. By default, the PageRank meter was NOT switched on. In fact, it’s long been joked that the relatively few people who do … [Read more...] about Google Search History Expands, Becomes Web History
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As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to pay $8.5 million into a settlement fund, with that money going to seven groups/organizations on the condition that they agree to use the money for public education and/or research related to protecting online privacy. In October 2010, Paloma Gaos sued Google because the company “transmitted user search queries to third parties without knowledge or consent in order to enhance advertising revenue and profitability.” In the original suit, she said she’d been doing “vanity searches” for her own name and the names of other family members. The suit claimed Google was violating both federal and California laws by passing those searches to the sites that she clicked on in Google’s search results. Gabriel Priyev filed a similar suit against in February 2012, and the parties agreed to combine and negotiate together. They eventually accepted a mediator’s settlement plan earlier this year, and filed the … [Read more...] about Google Agrees To Settle Lawsuit Over Passing Search Queries To Third Parties
This gets especially tricky when trying to manage Google Plus pages properly, as there are many guidelines and best practice solutions that one should adhere to when using the Google My Business product. The Basics: Page Types Before doing anything in Google My Business, it’s important to first make sure that we have a foundation of understanding to build upon. There are essentially three types of Google Plus pages. Before delving into each page, it is worth noting that there was once a time in Google’s history when there were business pages that were purely local and had no social aspects to them. These days, however, all pages are “Plus” pages, which makes them all intrinsically socially capable. First, there’s the person page, which represents the person who owns the Google account being used to access Google My Business. A person page is automatically generated when a person tries to access the Google My Business product to start creating pages. A … [Read more...] about How Medical Practices & Practitioners Should Set Up Google My Business
This could cause problems for them down the line because they do have multiple locations. But, let’s dig deeper into their location pages. As we move into their location pages, Roto-Rooter in Alafaya, Florida lists the ratings and reviews correctly because it has its location: itemscope itemprop="review" itemtype="http://schema.org/Review"> itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> itemprop="worstRating" content="1"> itemprop="ratingValue" content="5"> itemprop="bestRating" content="5"> itemprop="itemReviewed" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Thing"> itemprop="name" content="Roto-Rooter"> itemprop="url" content="http://www.rotorooter.com/alafayafl/"> itemprop="reviewBody" content="I enjoy not worrying about being scammed out of my money. I have been using Roto-Rooter for 4 yrs now."> itemprop="author" content="Carla P."> They are not aggregating the reviews and ratings plus this location has its own schema markup. … [Read more...] about Google Local Schema Guidelines Updated: What Now?
It’s a bad privacy day for Google, with Privacy International first accusing the company of having the worst privacy performance of any internet service company in a study it has just released and then accusing Google of conducting a smear campaign against it. But if you actually read the report, Privacy International itself comes off bad for putting out a haphazard condemnation of Google. Let’s do the smear campaign accusation first. An Open Letter to Google from the group says that Google is talking to journalists and implying that Privacy International favors Microsoft: Two European journalists have independently told us that Google representatives have contacted them with the claim that “Privacy International has a conflict of interest regarding Microsoft”. I presume this was motivated because Microsoft scored an overall better result than Google in the rankings…. According to our sources, your representative or representatives made particular … [Read more...] about Google Bad On Privacy? Maybe It’s Privacy International’s Report That Sucks