Changes to Google Terms of Service

posted Oct 11, 2013, 1:29 PM by Ryan Vis   [ updated Oct 11, 2013, 1:36 PM by Rita Girardi ]

Google recently announced changes to its Consumer Terms of Service (TOS) related to how Google Profile names and photos might appear as a result of interacting with other Google services. These new terms go live on November 11, 2013, however they do NOT affect Google Apps for Education users, including anyone logged in under their UMICH account.

One of the changes includes what Google calls "shared endorsements." For example, a user who visits the Google Play music store may see that a friend has +1'd a new album. Or when a user searches for a restaurant, he may see an ad including a 5-star review by another friend. On consumer accounts, the +1 personalization setting has been updated so users can control whether their Profile names and photos appear in shared endorsements that Google displays in ads.

Although you might see messaging throughout M+Google services (including the Google+ notifications box) about the update to the Terms of Service, we have been informed by Google that these changes will not be available to Google Apps users until a later date. More importantly, they will be OPTIONAL and CONTROLLED by U-M's Google system administrators, who can prevent UMICH users from appearing in shared endorsements that Google displays in ads. When these changes do become available, the default administrative setting will be OFF and there are no plans to turn this option on at U-M.

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