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One thing about Google which different than most huge companies, is the way most people trust them. The recent launch of Google Good To Know is another step in the same direction – Google trying to make everything more transparent and getting users less scared and more secure about their privacy.

Good To Know is a new online guide which deals with various topics, from general online safety issues to specific ways Google and other websites use your data, and tips on how to better manage it. On the online safety side, these include information about malware, phishing, family and shopping safety on the web. You can also find detailed explanation about how Google uses your private data in ads and in many Google services such as Google+, YouTube, Gmail and more.


There’s a lot of information on the site itself, and many links which lead to already existing support pages on Google’s different product pages. There’s a lot to learn about how Google and websites in general use our data, and whether this information is new to you or not, it’s nice to have one comprehensive source in which you can easily find any piece on information you’re looking for. For example, you can easily find what exactly happens when you click the +1 button, or when you let Google Maps use your current location.

What do you think of Good To Know? Does it help you trust Google with your private information?

Source: Official Google Blog


  1. Down With Big Brother!
    January 20, 2012 at 3:04 am

    "One thing about Google which different than most huge companies, is the way most people trust them."

    This isn't necessarily a GOOD thing, however. IMHO no one, especially not a multinational corporation whose tongue-in-cheek slogan is "don't be evil," should have the right to use any information about me to "make its services more useful." As they used to say in the '60s, "I didn't sign up for this."

    This sounds like a bunch of new-speak propaganda to allay people's (valid) fears about data mining and invasion of privacy. "This isn't snooping," says Big Brother, "it's about improving the consumer experience, and making things easier for you."

    Boy, oh, boy, do Googlebots salivate over electric sheeple or what?

    • Anonymous
      January 20, 2012 at 5:04 am

      I don't trust Google, either, but you lost me at your use of the term "rights". You don't seem to have thought much about what rights are.

      For example, you have the right not to use Google services. Yeah, it's true! So if you don't want them using information about you, don't give it to them. That would present a difficult choice -- you'd have to quit using all those Google goodies, which generally work pretty well -- and even better, they're free.

      Now this may surprise you. Are you sitting down? Google does "have the right" to put a price on these services. Don't worry, you've lucked out: They found someone else willing to cover the costs. No philanthropist, he's actually after your money, but he knows full well that he won't get it if he can't give you something in return -- something you want.

      As we've seen, you apply an unusually refined sensibility to your consumption decisions. Most sales pitches leave you cold. But you know what? This guy has just the *thing,* something only you and perhaps 200,000 other earthlings can appreciate. You're gonna be amazed! I'm amazed! I mean, you didn't even know this thing existed!

      This is great, no?! How the hell did these Google people manage to connect the two of you? Oh. Wait. That's right: they didn't. And that's fine. It's your choice.

    • Yaara
      January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I agree that this isn't necessarily a good thing. Many times I find myself arguing with people who claim Facebook are evil and use our private data for who knows what, while at the same time they don't care about Google doing the exact same thing, because "they are not evil like Facebook".

      But I think Google's transparency, or so-called transparency, anyway, is what makes people trust them more.

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