Google is planning to track billions of credit and debit card sales

This is the very reason I stay away from Google whenever possible… And yes, they look just like this..

From BBC Tech News 
Google is planning to track billions of credit and debit card sales to compare online ad clicks with money spent offline.

The company will allow advertisers to see whether online ad campaigns generate offline sales.

Announcing the service, Google said that it captures around 70% of credit and debit card transactions in the US.

Critics said it represented another blow to privacy.

Google also announced a separate monitoring product in a blogpost, saying: “For the first time, Google Attribution makes it possible for every marketer to measure the impact of their marketing across devices and cross-channel – all in one place.”

The company has vast amounts of data on net users, from services such as AdWords, Google Analytics and DoubleClick Search which combine details about the ads displayed on devices with what has been searched for in Google.
Google can also collect location information from phones, allowing it to work out when a user has seen an ad, and whether they have searched for the product advertised and gone to an offline shop to buy it.

Privacy concerns

It introduced store visit measurements back in 2014, using the location data on mobiles to track when people visited a store.

“In under three years, advertisers globally have measured over five billion store visits,” it said.

It added that Google’s “third-party partnerships” already capture approximately 70% of credit and debit card transactions in the US, but did not reveal who the partners were or how information was captured.

Google will not have access to the details about what individuals spend – instead they learn the value of all purchases in a certain time period.

“While we developed the concept for this product years ago, it required years of effort to develop a solution that could meet our stringent user privacy requirements,” a spokesman said.

“To accomplish this, we developed a new, custom encryption technology that ensures users’ data remains private, secure, and anonymous.” 

Can you do anything about it ? 

In the US, Users can opt out of the service by going to their ads setting page and unchecking the box that says: “Also use Google Account activity and information to personalise ads on these websites and apps and store that data in your Google Account”.

Users can also disable personalisation for all Google ads. And they can pause or delete their location history.
“The one thing people regularly state as ‘creepy’ online is when an advert follows them around the internet. These plans appear to extend ‘creepy’ into the physical world,” said Renate Samson from Big Brother Watch.

“If people want to avoid having their shopping habits monitored on the high street by Google, by shops or by banks they should restrict the amount of data they hand over.

“Companies track and monitor in order to advertise to us. If we don’t want them to do that, take control; don’t give your email address for a digital receipt, check the terms and conditions, avoid using loyalty cards and where possible choose to pay with cash.” 

Farewell, Mr. Bond

Sir Roger Moore passed away today. I shall raise an alcohol free martini in his honor and tearfully watch my favorite Moore as Bond film :

What’s your favorite Roger Moore movie ?

I DID manage to make art for the 2017 Twitter Charity Auction. My watercolor woven art card for this year’s Twitter Exhibit is still available for sale !

Head Injury Was a Big Setback

It’s always something. Just as I got creativity neurons and brain areas talking to each other..WHAM..a really bad concussion in December of 2015 brought everything to a halt. 

Concussion was caused by a car accident, other than my neck the rest of me was fine. I just thought I’d report in here since my last one was way back in 2014. Honestly, you get so used to hearing the word “concussion” during football season that a lot of people just let it slide. Until you’ve had a brain injury like this you really can’t appreciate how bad it can be. 

It took me the better part of 2016 to get back to feeling like my old self but I haven’t had any opening in the dark clouds that completely swamp my brain’s creative centers since then. 

I’ve been really disappointed by this because I knew the final Pirates of The Caribbean was being released this year and I have a whole album of water and seafaring songs written out as an idea… My brain just couldn’t let me pull it all together for you. 

Ah well, as I keep saying, onward and upward !

Hope Springs Eternal

Weird Viewing

I’m trying to watch NASA TV while I deal with a bad case of double vision and vertigo… It ain’t working. 

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