Google is facing pushback from consumers and at least one lawmaker after announcing last week that it plans to include users’ names and photos in some advertisements.
The new setting, called “Shared Endorsements,” would show Google+ users’ product preferences alongside ads within their social network.
The tech titan announced the planned policy change last week, and has been notifying users about the shared ads through banners at the top of its search results, messages on Google+ and on its Terms of Service page. Users who have enabled Google+ and choose not to opt out of the service may see some of their personal information used in advertisements.
The announcement has riled Google users, some of whom have changed their Google+ profile pictures to one of Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, according to a report from CNET. That way, Schmidt’s face would show up alongside any endorsements pulled from those users’ accounts.
Those who simply want to keep their data from showing up in ads can head here and uncheck the option that allows Google to show their names and profile photos in shared endorsements.
“Without users’ explicit permission, Google should not take consumer posts and turn them into product endorsements,” Markey said in a statement.
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