Google is trying to cover the whole issue by saying that using a social network is more secure private than being without one. This is also coming from a company that happens to run a growing social network. Many believe that companies should rename privacy policies to something like data use policies like Facebook. Companies are no longer keeping a person’s data safe; they are sharing it to make money. A data use policy outlines what they have the power to share and to whom they may share it with.
Google released a research paper about the how effective social media is towards privacy. The first study they conducted showed that it is possible to create a trustworthy network that is engaging hand supportive. That again points to them furthering their own agenda since they need people to stay on the web and use their service and the longer they are on the web the more ads they will see and the more money they will make.
The paper also showed that in a second study people were 3% more engaged in sharing if the media had some sort of social element like a link or a like button. I think that that is not enough to show how being on a social network is better than being without one. I do believe that Google is not an evil entity and that is should be more straight forward with its user base and not hide behind arbitrary privacy policies. They should just clearly lay out what they doing with the data and if it is not too outrageous it should not be a dilemma.