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Google can now use your name and photo in ads

Giuseppe Macri Tech Editor
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Last November, Google embedded a provision in one of those privacy agreements you click through every few months or so that allows the company to use your name and photo in its advertisements.

Most of these ads will pop up in the form of an endorsement for an app on the Google Play Store, courtesy of your Google+ name and profile picture.

If you’re not too keen on lending your name and likeness to digital products you may have never used to complete strangers, here’s how to opt-out of letting Google turn you into a product poster board:

1. Log in to Google+.

2. Click on Home in the top left corner.

3. Select Settings in the drop-down menu.

4. Next to the Shared Endorsements option, click Edit.

5. Scroll all the way to the bottom and uncheck the box to the left of, “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.”

This effectively takes away Google’s permission to use your Google+ name and profile for advertisements.

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