If you thought Google couldn’t invade your privacy anymore than they already have, think again. They have just announced that your Google+ contacts will have the ability to e-mail you, even if they don’t have your email address! Of course, if you respond to one of said e-mails, the sender will then have your email address. To top it off, you don’t even have to be following them on Google+— they just have to follow you.
In addition, if you have a Gmail account, when you type the “To” field of a new email, your Google+ contacts automatically appear as suggestions of who to write to.
Google has steadily shoved Google+ down the throats of Gmail and YouTube users, so these additional invasions shouldn’t come as a huge shock. Many Gmail users don’t even realize they have a Google+ account. It’s frustrating to users because whenever Google adds these things, they are on default. You have to physically take action to stop it rather than opting in by choice–but of course, Google makes it nearly impossible to understand their settings and how to opt out of their information sharing programs, certainly by design.
Thankfully, PC World has an informative article that goes over the changes and explains how to opt out. Check it out on PCWorld.com.