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Subtle Google Changes

Today brought about 2 new changes from global search engine Google, but blink twice and you might have missed them.

If you managed to catch our ‘Right to be Anonymous’ blog post earlier this month, you’ll have heard that following an EU court ruling, data about you held by Google must not be deleted on request. Today, Google have made that process slightly easier by launching a webpage giving European citizens the opportunity to request links directed to sensitive pages to be removed. It’s noted that applications need to provide a valid copy of ID in order for the request to be submitted, which should stop any fraudulent forms being submitted.

Google are responsible for over 90% of all internet searches, so chances are if you are ‘Googled’ by a friend, employer, ex-lover or crazy stalker then this sensitive information will be readily available.

The next change is ever so sublte; ever so sleight of hand. To be honest, I’m not sure who actually noticed the change, but it’s been the talk of the web today.

Take a look at the 2 images of the Google logo and see if you can spot the difference:


Both look the same right? Actually, no. It may be hard to notice, but the letter ‘g’ has been shifted 1 pixel to the right, along with the letter ‘l’ which has also moved 1 pixel down.

What sparked the slightest of tweaks? A Google spokesperson has said that they “…tweaked the logo a little while ago to make sure it looks its sharpest regardless of your screen resolution.” Will 1 pixel make a difference? Only time will tell.


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