One policy, one Google experience

Various authors, Jan 26, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If you use Google you probably received a notice from the company annopuncing a new unified privacy policy covering all its services. It's a good idea, and Google has gone the extra mile in explaining and documenting the policy. Is it believable? It's hard to say, but there are no prima facie reasons to doubt what has been written.

Related is this report on 'Google Takeout', a tool to export your user data from Google services. But note that this is an export, not a way to access your content from other services. It drops the whole pile in one big .zip bundle, throwing up password checks along the way to discourage automated retrieval. What do I want? Simple - RSS in, RSS out. Let me put data in and out of the services as easily as that.
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