In case you haven’t heard, Google is planning on using your face and name for their advertisements. Facebook has been known to change to use their users’ faces for their advertising, which upset many of its customers in the process. Apparently Google feels that it was a good idea. Below I explain how to opt out of the new Google ads. Here is the quote from the summary which Google provided:
We made three changes:
First, clarifying how your Profile name and photo might appear in Google products (including in reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts).
Second, a reminder to use your mobile devices safely. You can control whether your image and name appear in ads via the Shared Endorsements setting.
Third, details on the importance of keeping your password confidential.
The ‘go live’ date was November 11, 2013, per their latest change to their Terms of Service. Three easy steps to opting out of being used in Shared Endorsements:
- Click this link. (And, if necessary, log in to Google Plus).
- Uncheck the check box located at the bottom of the screen. In some cases it has been found to already be unchecked.
- Click Save.
And while you’re at it, you can also opt out of Google advertising in general. You can use the Google Ads Settings to manage the Google ads that display on your search pages. You can also manage the cookies of many other companies that are used for online advertising at the US-based aboutads.info choices page or the EU-based Your Online Choices. Additionally, you can manage cookies in your web browser. Finally, you can also use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers and install plugins, such as Adblock Plus. These plugins typically will block advertisements from displaying on websites that you visit. However, this is also how most web sites are funded, so keep that in mind. Perhaps people should ask for payment from Google, considering we are soon to be used to endorse a product.