Google to use User photos and coments in ads in Stock photography discussion and contributor experience Posted October 12, 2013 There is an article about Google's change here http://allthingsd.com/20131011/google-turns-on-social-advertising-but-holds-back-on-larger-personalization-play/ The first link in this article will take you to https://www.google.com/policies/terms/changes/ where Google explains the changes. If you read Google's explanation of the changes, you will see this statement, right near the top: "You can control whether your image and name appear in ads via the Shared Endorsements setting." (that link is from the Google page, came from me copying Google's text - it's not one I added). So, as far as I can tell you can opt out by going to the Shared Endorsements settings in your Google profile, and you have about a month to do it. Regards Lionel Yeah.... and thats what I've done. Opted out. If you go in and read the small print they give you a link to change the settings...... they are probably hoping people will not bother opting to look at the small print!