Google’s about to get a whole lot more personal. The company recently began rolling out an update that draws info from your Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Plus account to serve up personalized search results for things like your flight times and reservations. It’s sort of one-stop Google shopping for your life, as you can check the status of your flight or remember what time your doctor’s appointment is by Googling it. The update is already available to many US users on their computers, and is making its way to smartphones and tablets now. While the new feature is convenient, it raises questions about privacy. Forget to log out of Google on your work computer? Everyone can find out what you’ve ordered and what you plan on doing this weekend. The feature can be turned if you don’t want Google to be able to collect this sort of data, though, so if you want to keep your private life private … well, relatively private, anyway … you don’t have to worry.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 20, 2013
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).