Google’s Promise to Delete Your Data Has a Major Loophole

Google’s push to become a privacy-positive company over the past year has been, depending on how you look at it, an act of genuine benevolence, a brilliant marketing decision, or straight-up bullshit. So when Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s latest moves in the privacy-protecting space on Twitter yesterday, the biggest surprise—at least to me—was the lack of skepticism I was seeing from other reporters in the privacy and policy spaces.

In short: The update, as described in Pichai’s initial tweet and in a blog post regarding the rollout, broadly changes the way the company retains user data—not only making it easier to delete data, but also changing the default settings for new Google accounts so that this data auto-deletes by default every 18 months. (Existing users will have to seek out these settings and turn them on, though Pichai writes that Google will send reminders to existing users about these features.)

“We believe that products should keep your information for only as long as it’s useful and helpful to you,” he explains in the blog. “We continue to challenge ourselves to do more with less, and today we’re changing our data retention practices to make auto-delete the default for our core activity settings.”

Beware of What’s Coming Next

Nobody’s talking about it yet.

So most Americans still have absolutely no clue what’s actually going on.

But what’s happening in Washington right now will result in the most dramatic Presidential election of our generation…

See, I think the panic we’re seeing, along with the economic turmoil that’s growing, creates an ideal scenario for a Socialist to eventually win the White House.

That’s because when the rich – a very small percentage of the population – get in trouble with debt, it’s an economic problem.

But when the poor and middle class – a HUGE percentage of the population – get in trouble with debt, it’s a political problem.

So please – pay close attention to what I’m telling you today.

You have to take action personally to protect yourself from what’s right around the corner.

And you have to do it now – today – while the methods of saving yourself are still cheap, easy, and legal.

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