Prevent pictures from being shown in Google Ads

In the fall of 2013, Google launched a new policy involving the use of user pictures and names for sponsored advertisements. If you’re like most people, though, you don’t like the thought of having your Google + profile picture popping up all over the internet without your express permission—even though you technically agreed to it in Google’s terms of service. Luckily, Google gives you a way to opt out of this gross invasion of privacy. Follow the steps below to do so.

Step 1
Using your web browser, visit Google’s Shared Endorsements page. There, you’ll not only get the scoop on why Google thinks it’s okay to smack your face onto advertisements, but you will also be able to access the “Shared Endorsement in Ads” setting.

Step 2
To actually find the “Shared Endorsement in Ads” setting, scroll down to the bottom of your page. You will see only one option, which reads “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.” You’ll also notice a checkbox, which is probably automatically checked to allow the endorsements.

Step 3
Uncheck the box to opt out of endorsements, then click “Save.” Your name and photo will no longer be used in Google’s advertisements.

Nowadays, social media and other internet services have gone a long way in connecting us with friends and loved ones, and in making our lives easier. Unfortunately, sometimes these services also cross the line into privacy invasion. Fortunately, Google gives you the ability to opt out of one of their more questionable policies, and now, you know how to do just that.