You Might Have Ignored Google’s Latest Smartphone Update

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The latest smartphone update released by Google sounds like it’s engineered to make your virtual life a lot simpler by logging you into all of your Google apps at once. What it actually does is track more of your personal data and allow for better targeting than ever before.

Google updated its signing in process for smartphones to make it simpler for the user by logging you into all of your Google apps at once. What it actually does is track more of your personal data and allow for better targeting than ever before.

In the newest Gmail app update for Apple’s iOS 7 operating system, a change was built into the sign-in feature that automatically links your account to every other Google app on your phone. From now on, whether you want or not, signing into any app including Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Drive or Chrome signs you into all of them simultaneously and automatically.

“Sign in to one, and you’ll be signed in to all,” Google said in a short post on its Gmail blog. “So you won’t have to type in that 27-character password or retrieve your 2-step verification code every time you navigate to another Google app. You may need to re-login after you update the app, but then you’ll be all set.”

The sign-in link makes it drastically more convenient for Google to track and link all online data and activity to every individual user, and “fills [the] gap in Google’s knowledge” when smartphone users are signed into Gmail but shop on Chrome or watch a video on YouTube anonymously, for example.

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Google is still fighting legal battles across multiple countries in Europe over a similar change that occurred in 2012 when the company combined 60 privacy policy agreements (the legal agreement you scroll through and “accept” to use a new service) into one agreement for a range of services.

“The main change is for users with Google Accounts. Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services,” Google said while again hiding the change in language meant to sound like a benefit to users.

“In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.”

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Anurag

Engineer by responsibility and Blogger by choice, Hi I am Anurag Ajmera from Ajmer (by birth) and living in Karnal and Delhi NCR for the last 20 years of my 24 years of life. Passionate about trekking, coding and discovering. I love to meet new people and do sketching in my spare time. Hard on my principles and soft on my skills I love to play football. Vegetarian by force I have respect for nature and its beauty.

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Anurag

Engineer by responsibility and Blogger by choice, Hi I am Anurag Ajmera from Ajmer (by birth) and living in Karnal and Delhi NCR for the last 20 years of my 24 years of life. Passionate about trekking, coding and discovering. I love to meet new people and do sketching in my spare time. Hard on my principles and soft on my skills I love to play football. Vegetarian by force I have respect for nature and its beauty.

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