What this amounts to is Google taking steps to protect itself legally for practices it has already been doing for some time. Now, instead of doing these things automatically without making it clear to the users, everyone is simply required to agree to a complicated document of legal jargon that they won’t understand that effectively gives Google permission to keep on doing what it’s doing.
So, yes there are some concerns here, but many conspiracy sites are overplaying the situation to try to create fear, or more importantly, traffic for their websites. Remember, you are only “opting in” when you log in to Google. Also, the government doesn’t need Google to tell it where you’ve been. There’s plenty of ways they can do that on their own, and that is where the real fear, if any, should be targeted. Lastly, Google is immensely popular and effective, but it isn’t the only game in town. There are other search engines out there you could utilize instead, but don’t be naive enough to think that other search engines aren’t employing the same tactics.
There is much more of a threat that Google will use this information to sell to other companies to make even more money for itself than any government involvement. However, Common Sense Conspiracy will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will update our readers if anything more damning about their practices should come to light.