The Privacy Commissioner’s concern was directed towards the impact on logged-in Google account holders and increased data sharing across more Google products including Google Search and YouTube. In the case of Android phone users, Stoddart expressed concern that those users would be limited in what they could do without signing into Google, such as making phone calls and sending text messages. Downloading or updating applications won’t be possible on an Android phone without signing into Google, nor will the ability to synchronize an Android phone with Gmail or Google Calendar. Google will retain several product-related policies such as Google Wallet that enables Android users to tap their phones and pay for products in stores.
Various media sources have been offering tips to Google users on removing search history, clearing one’s YouTube history, making Gmail Chat “off-the-record”, checking the dashboard, opting out of personalized advertisements on the Ads Preferences page, using Google Takeout for data liberation of selected information, and so on. Some Google users might choose to terminate their Google account by visiting the Google account settings page.