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Google+ and Privacy: A Roundup « 33 Bits of Entropy

Google+ and Privacy: A Roundup « 33 Bits of Entropy | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
By all accounts, Google has done a great job with Plus, both on privacy and on the closely related goal of better capturing real-life social nuances. [1] This article will summarize the privacy discussions I’ve had in the first few days of using the service and the news I’ve come across.
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Google+ Solves the Social Privacy Problem by Making Friending Very Complicated - Liz Gannes

Google+ Solves the Social Privacy Problem by Making Friending Very Complicated - Liz Gannes | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Facebook is fundamentally built around one-to-one friending.
The Twitter model is that one user publicly follows another.
Google+ is a lot more complicated than any of these.

While using the snazzy animated Circle-creation tool may come more naturally to others (early adopters seem to be mad with love for Google+), I think this is likely to be a stumbling block for many people.
Perhaps digital relationships won’t be naturally nuanced and eroded over time like real-world relationships, because digital things just don’t do that. They exist, or they do not.

And it may just be that privacy is incredibly difficult to illustrate and conceptualize. But lots of things seem hard at the start; maybe we as humans will teach ourselves to understand this stuff better over time.
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Google+ social network runs into first privacy issue

Google+ social network runs into first privacy issue | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Despite a promise of privacy, the first potential problem with Google+ has been spotted.

Google's latest stab at a social network lets you categorize the people you know into different circles, so you can share with your friends what you might not want to share with your family.

The young social nework, however, has a feature that lets you reshare what someone posts. By letting you reshare, the post goes beyond the circle or circles it was intended to be seen by. This loophole was first spotted by the Financial Times.

Google, which suffered a privacy ordeal when it launched its previous social network, Buzz, said in a blog post this week that the service is still in limited trial and also said users "may find some rough edges."
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Google Release New Spam Bot In Form Of Google Plus - David Naylor

Google Release New Spam Bot In Form Of Google Plus - David Naylor | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Testing of the Google Plus site has revealed that the latest offering from the online giants is a cloaked version of a spam bot that potentially is going to cause issues for millions of online email users.

So where does the problem arise?
The fact that Google Plus allows non Google Mail accounts to be placed into the contacts list within the site has opened up a huge security issue for email users based on the fact that Google have allowed you to share anything that you wish with huge contact lists, regardless of whether they use Gmail or not.
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Stop or Prevent Resharing Of Your Google Plus Posts And Updates

Stop or Prevent Resharing Of Your Google Plus Posts And Updates | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
To stop resharing of your post in Google Plus, here is a simple trick which you should remember.

Whenever you compose your post and hit the “Share” button, remember to pull down the tiny arrow from the right top of the screen and choose “Disable reshare”.

Note that you can disable resharing of posts only after you have shared your update with friends present in one or more circles. When you have selected the “Disable reshare” option, your friends in that specific circle won’t be able to share that post with their circle of friends.
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Google+ vs. Facebook on Privacy: + Ahead On Points — For Now - Wired

Google+ vs. Facebook on Privacy: + Ahead On Points — For Now - Wired | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
One of Facebook’s clearest weaknesses is its privacy practices, which have come under attack many times for being confusing, ever-mutating and self-serving.

So what’s different about Google+’s privacy policy?

For one, it’s much shorter.
The policy is very direct and simple.
The social network’s policy for what’s acceptable behavior is also concise, direct and well, almost human.
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Google+ Privacy: Has Google Learned Its Lesson?

Google+ Privacy: Has Google Learned Its Lesson? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Since the launch of its Google+ social-networking project, Google has been re-working and tweaking the service based on user feedback, and two privacy-related features will be added in the coming days, as well as a more simplified feed.

Google has been burned on social-related privacy issues in the past, most notably via Buzz, which resulted in class-action and Federal Trade Commission settlements. As a result, all eyes are on the search giant when it comes to Google+; has it learned its lesson or do privacy holes still exist?
Part of the reason Google+ is in this "field trial" stage and not open to the public is so the company can get a sense of how people use it and fix any problems that surface before it goes live. To that end, users have already made suggestions that Google plans to implement.
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The Power of Google+: Privacy "Circles" the Entire Experience - Stay N Alive

The Power of Google+: Privacy "Circles" the Entire Experience - Stay N Alive | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The entire experience is built around its equivalent to Facebook lists: Circles. From the very beginning you have to choose who will be in what circle, and every time you add a friend it automatically pops up your list of circles with little to no effort. To "friend" someone, you don't friend them - you add them to one of your lists. It's that simple.

Google+ take more of a Twitter approach, allowing anyone to "follow" anyone, no matter what. In a sense, this puts Google Circles at a greater risk to putting Twitter out of business, as it takes the Twitter follow model and lists, and adds privacy settings to it, using those lists to make that happen. I bet we'll see Twitter do this in the near future as a response to Google Circles.

The biggest thing Google did right this time around is they did what no other social network was doing. They took privacy, and put it smack in the face of the user to make their own conscious decisions.
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Google to disable public sharing of private posts in Google+ [Updated]

Google to disable public sharing of private posts in Google+ [Updated] | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The privacy of sharing to Circles was called into question earlier this week when it was discovered that anyone can share publicly a post that was meant to be private by its original sender.

Google got the message and is working on a fix that should roll out over the next week that will keep intended items private, said Kelly Ellis, a software engineer at the Mountain View, Calif., company who is working on the new social network.

"And starting next week limited posts will not be shareable publicly. This is really important to us. On google+ you should be in control of who sees your posts."
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Google+ Sees First “Privacy Flaw,” Will Fix

Google+ Sees First “Privacy Flaw,” Will Fix | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The Financial Times has identified a “privacy flaw” within Google+: re-sharing. A privately shared post or picture can be subsequently re-published or shared by the recipient to any of his or her Circles or the entire world. This would potentially thwart the privacy “settings” or objectives of the original creator of the post.

Google is aware of the problem and says that it will address it.
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A B+ for the beta Google+ Shows real promise – and respect for privacy | Dan Gillmor in Guardian

A B+ for the beta Google+ Shows real promise – and respect for privacy | Dan Gillmor in Guardian | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
What Google has understood, and put (with some glitches) into practice, is what Facebook has resisted. First, privacy has been baked into the service, not added as an afterthought. The privacy settings still need work, but it's clear that Google has learned from the mistakes it has made and the ongoing privacy insults that Facebook showers on its users.

Second, Google appreciates the reality that we live in generally non-concentric groups such as family, close friends, colleagues, people with whom we do business, social acquaintances and more. And G+ makes it relatively easy to sort people into a group or groups where they most naturally fit.
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Google Introduces Facebook Competitor, Emphasizing Privacy - NYTimes

Google Introduces Facebook Competitor, Emphasizing Privacy - NYTimes | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google took its biggest leap yet onto Facebook’s turf on Tuesday, introducing a social networking service called the Google+ project — which happens to look very much like Facebook.

The service, which will initially be available only to a select group of Google users who will soon be able to invite others, will let people share and discuss status updates, photos and links.

But the Google+ project will be different from Facebook in one significant way, which Google hopes will be enough to convince people to use yet another social networking service. It is designed for sharing with groups — like colleagues, college roommates or hiking friends — instead of with all of a user’s friends or the entire Web.
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