Tuesday, February 07, 2012

So much for Google's Privacy Settings

Just the other day I deleted most of my online accounts and I set my Google Profile to "not visible in search":

And there on page 3 of Google search results for "John Graham-Cumming" what do we find:

Why, it's a Google+ profile (which I explicitly set to not appear in search results) for a Google+ account that I deleted. Clicking through we discover there's almost no information (because I deleted it), except for the totally brain dead:

Because it's not possible to not show your gender.

It looks like telling Google to not show my profile in search results was useless, the only option was to totally delete it which I have now done.

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