Google is going to start using your face and your reviews, recommendations and endorsements in its advertisements, beginning November 11, the company announced on October 11th, 2013 via changes to its Terms of Service. We are not a big fan of this change of Terms of Services, so we dug for hours to find out how we can opt-out from Google New Ads from using our faces and names.
Here’s exactly how Google describes the process, as well as how and what data will be used in its updated terms:
We want to give you – and your friends and connections – the most useful information. Recommendations from people you know can really help. So your friends, family and others may see your Profile name and photo, and content like the reviews you share or the ads you +1’d. This only happens when you take an action (things like +1’ing, commenting or following) – and the only people who see it are the people you’ve chosen to share that content with.
Good news is, if you are under 18 years old you will be automatically be opted-out from this service until you turn 18. Bad news is, for the folks over 18 like us, most likely Google has included us into the new Terms of Services. Oddly though some said when they checked, Google opted them out by default.
Now here comes the better news; you can choose to opt-out from Google new ads using your faces and names. As mentioned before, we didn’t like the new Google’s Terms of Services so we sent our team to go digging on how to opt-out from Google new ads.
Here’s how to do it
- Click this link. You might need to login to your Google+ account if you haven’t done so.
- Uncheck the checkbox.
- Hit Save
That’s it. You’re done until Google decides to change the Terms of Service again.
If you want to learn more about more about Google New Ads, you can read MarketingLand’s FAQ: Google Shared Endorsement Ads