I am a bit paranoid when it comes to privacy policies and data protection. I also get a little freaked out by the way ads are tailored to conversations I am having by email. Mention caravanning in the Isle of Wight and suddenly banners are unfurling down the side of my email of caravans parked on the Isle of Wight.
And don’t even get me started on Facebook’s Timeline and the privacy issues there.
When Google sent through their recent email alerting me to the changes of privacy, I immediately had to take a look. You might want to know that Google collects information about you and makes inferences as to who you might be. From that information, it will partner with other sites so that you are targeted with the “relevant” ads. If you want Google to stop collecting this then you can opt-out. Nice to be asked beforehand though, ay.
If you go to this link:
You will see who Google thinks you are. To my horror, I, according to Google, am interested in fast food, pet food and maths (somewhat wide of the mark!). I am also, apparently, aged 45-54, and MALE. (I’m not. Younger and a lay-dee).
Did it get your demographic and interests correct?