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Opt out of Google ads using your name

Google is changing its terms of service to allow them to use your name and photo in advertisements to your friends. Most people seem to have been opted in to this by default, although some (including me) have found themselves defaulted out of the program.

If you are uncomfortable with your name, picture, and opinions appearing in ads from Google, just go to Google’s Shared Endorsements Settings page. The page describes the program. At the bottom you will find a checkbox. Uncheck it, and click “Save”.

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  • Griffo · October 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I just went to the link you mention and it asks me to create a Google+ public profile in the first place. Does this mean that if I don’t have one I’m safe?


    • Author comment by lance · October 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

      It does appear that it only applies if you have a Google account. I don’t know if that means only a Google+ account or if gmail would apply as well.


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