The changes bring 60 of the company’s services under the same umbrella, and clarifies that Google has permission to share the information of people who have signed into their accounts. That means that what you watch on YouTube will inform ads you see in Gmail or could change the results you get in Web searches. Users are not able to opt out of the information-sharing.
Google has put the new policy in place despite requests from privacy regulators that the company hold off. Regulators from the French data protection agency, CNIL, sent a letter this week to Google chief executive Larry Page asking him to “pause” the launch while the agency reviewed its possible effects on the average consumer. Google said that while it would continue discussions about the policy, changing the date of implementation would “cause a great deal of confusion for users.”