Monday, November 4, 2013

How To Stop Your Face From Appearing in Ads?

Imagine Your Face in Google Ads

When it comes to developers of popular free tools, Google is king. Yet the tradeoffs for using tools like YouTube, Gmail and Google+ are becoming clearer. For instance, starting November 11, Google will be able to include Google+ users' faces, names and comments in ads. Configured as a default, the policy is one that users must opt out of if they do not want their images projected in marketing messages.

Here's exactly how to stop your face from appearing in what are being called "adver-dorsements" (at least for now, until Google+ changes again):

  • Navigate to Shared Endorsements in Google+ settings.
  • Uncheck the box next to "Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads."

Understand that this will not stop your network from being able to see those companies and brands that you have liked (or in Google+ language, plus-one'd).

If this makes you uncomfortable, simply stop hitting +1 and do not leave any reviews on Google products.  

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