August 10th, 2014
Google sells the use of user information.
It is not the same thing.
Selling “Joe Blow works at Acme Corp and shops for sex dolls” is selling user information.
Selling “I will advertize your sex dolls to people who shop for them” is selling the use of the information. Only Google knows you are Joe Blow at Acme with an interest in sex dolls. The advertiser does not; they just get a service that makes use of Google’s knowledge.
Yes, Google knows your stuff. Yes, you have to trust them with it.
But they don’t have to – and don’t – sell your info in order to profit from it.