Posted: January 25, 2012 12:02PM
Google, in an effort to simplify things, is changing the majority of its privacy policies starting March 1st. Currently there are over 70 different policies for the company’s many services, from Gmail to YouTube to Google Docs and more, but in a little more than a month, better than 60 of these policies will be combined into one document. Luckily Google has tried to keep this one policy to rule them all as simple as it can, so anyone with a Google Account can understand it.
The Lord of the Rings reference actually will extend further than just the privacy policies. By having so many of the services under the same policy, information between them can be bound together. An example of this effect is Google alerting you when you may be late to a meeting you have scheduled in Calendar, by getting location information on you and where you are going, along with traffic data for the route you will likely take. Of course this information will be put together in the cloud, and not the darkness.