Google Talk's new chatback badge: is there a privacy issue here?

Google Talk's new chatback badge: is there a privacy issue here?

Summary: Now here's something I am trying to figure out.First, I go to the (non-Google) Google Operating System blog, and their new entry about how to chat with your site's visitors using Google Talk.

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Now here's something I am trying to figure out.

First, I go to the (non-Google) Google Operating System blog, and their new entry about how to chat with your site's visitors using Google Talk.

Well, I guess I need to provide some explanation:Now you can do that using the new chatback badges.   chatbackbadge.png You only need to add some code to your site and anyone could click on the generated badge to chat with you.

"A Google Talk chatback badge allows others to chat with you even if they haven't signed up for Google Talk or a Google Account. You can put the badge in your blog or website, and people who visit those pages can chat with you. The badge will display your online status (whether you're available to chat or not) and, optionally, your status message."

If someone clicks on the badge, a special version of the Google Talk gadget will open and he will be able to chat with you.

Now, I will finally get around to my point.

I click on the phrase "the new chatback badges," and hey guess what.

This page appears:

chatbackbadge2.jpg

Maybe I am a little bit slow on the uptake this morning, but how did that link spawn a page that recognized my name?

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  • Google Accounts

    It is because you were signed into your google account, you can see it lists your gmail address and has a sign out link in the top right of the page. The same thing happens when you visit many of google services. The ChatBack gadget however does not recognise the gmail accounts of of visitors who chick on it on your site they are simply showed as guest when chatting to you.
    Ciaran - Weeno Media
  • RE: Google Talk's new chatback badge: is there a privacy issue here?

    When you are logged out of your Google services (Gmail, etc) it displays a page requesting that you sign in to your google account. Not sure there's any privacy issues...other than the normal Google privacy issues ;)
    znetdog@...