On one hand, merging my Feedburner blog syndication data with Google Analytics and other Google data services presents many benefits, indeed. But since my blog is personal and, therefore, a proxy of me and my personal and professional network, that means more of my valuable personal data are going to Google. I’m not suggesting this is good or bad, but I’ll tell you one thing: Google is building one heck of a profile on me, especially when you couple that with my loyalty to Gmail, Google Documents, Web History and search among numerous other services connected to my unique user ID.
Here’s the “data rights” notification now appearing on the FeedBurner sign-in page:
NOTE: Service of FeedBurner publisher accounts will not be interrupted as a result of the acquisition by Google. You will have a 14-day interim period ending June 15, 2007 to opt-out of allowing Google to service your account. If you take no action by June 15, 2007, the rights to your data will transfer from FeedBurner to Google. Opting out will terminate your user agreement with FeedBurner, permanently delete your FeedBurner account, feeds, and all related statistical data and history, and prevent the transfer of your data rights to Google. To opt-out, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org, provide your FeedBurner account Username, and request to have your FeedBurner account deleted. We will contact you at your registered email address to confirm your deletion request before completing it.
Can someone translate this for me? I’m neither a lawyer nor privacy or data-rights expert. My plan is to stay opted in and transfer my data rights to Google. I’m sure this won’t be the last.