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Google’s New Privacy Policy

Google is changing its privacy policy as of March 1, 2012. What does this mean to you? Google states:

We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.

In this internet dependent world, we are giving up more and more of our privacy. Is this acceptable to you? How much do you want people to know about you? For instance, do you want your cell phone number made public? Do you want businesses to know what color underwear you just bought on a website?

One thing that really bothers me about using Google is the forced advertising. I don’t want to have to sift through a page’s multitude of advertisements just to get to what I wanted to see in the first place. Internet advertising is getting more and more invasive. It is now being placed inside the content of your search. You are forced to watch the ad before your desired subject comes up. Google claims that it collects information about you to send you ads that will be of interest. Well, I have never seen an ad that interested me. I don’t even want ads. Furthermore, when those annoying forced ads pop up, I close the entire window, opting not to watch either the ad or the content I originally searched. Google – are you listening? You are being counter-productive. People are not watching the ads OR the page they wanted to get to.

How about your photography? Is is becoming easier to steal your images from websites? As a photographer who has had to go after several people/businesses for stealing my images, I am concerned. You may notice the copyright watermarks on the images I post. I hate them. They ruin the feel of the photograph. But I have learned through experience that I must place them on every image I post. I suggest you do the same. I also credit every photographer for each image I use in this blog. This gives credit where credit is due, and it protects the image for that photographer. Please do likewise so we, as a community of photographers look out for each other.

We all make choices. There are other search engines and free email providers out there. Maybe we should start looking at our alternatives.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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