Anyway, I'm glad Google is unifying their 60 or so Terms of Services and Privacy Policies into just one AND being open about the change long in advance. Nobody reads these things anyway and is just a way to cover a business' rear end from frivolous lawsuits. After all, hot coffee is hot...well, duh! It doesn't matter how the McDonald's vs. Hot Coffee Lady case actually went down because it is a symbol of today's messed up legal system.
Perhaps more importantly for this move is that Google translates these documents into other languages. This is a realization I just made today and likely the driving force behind this move. Let's do some math! If each document has a mere four additional translations made for it, then Google would have to maintain at least:
600 different legal documents (2 * 60 * 5).
Of course, that assumes there are only five languages in the world. Currently, there are about 85 languages that have more than 10 millions speakers, so if Google wants to cater to these groups, they would need:
10,200 different legal documents (2 * 60 * 85).
Yuck. Imagine trying to maintain that mess. Under the upcoming changes, they only have to maintain:
170 different legal documents (2 * 1 * 85).
That's still a lot of boring legal drivel, but it is a more manageable level of boring legal drivel and scales well to support adding even more languages. I'm completely fine with Google doing this much-needed change. Plus they are being open about the change to a level that borders on "silly" (i.e. just slightly past "ridiculous").