Google today published a letter to congress in hopes to assuage fears that it is drastically changing its privacy policies. Google explained that the policies themselves are not changing at all. Google said that private information will remain private and won't be shared or made visible. Google is still allowing the public to get driving directions on Google Maps, and perform other tasks without signing into a Google Account. Google will still offer the Google Dashboard tool, which allows users to see and control their Google data. Google will still offer its data liberation tools so that users may close their Google accounts and take their data elsewhere. The goal of this consolidation effort is to make it easier for consumers to access and digest Google's privacy policies and make user data available to those users across all Google products when users are signed into its services. Congress had asked Google to provide an explanation for the planned changes, which go into effect March 1.
Google Retools Dashboard for Mobile Devices
Google today said it plans to roll out a refreshed version of its account management tool, Dashboard, in an attempt to make it simpler for people to control their data. Specifically, Google has made Dashboard much more touch friendly, which allows people to access and use it more easily from mobile devices, such as smartphones.
Latest Google Maps Update Makes It Easier to Locate Your Events
Google has updated Google Maps and now lets users access more personal information regarding their locations with a quick search. Google Maps culls more data from users' Gmail accounts and will automatically make event details available to Maps.
Android Users Can Now Beta Test Google Maps
Google has rolled out a program that allows people to test beta versions of Google Maps. The betas will be published via the Google Play Store, similar to how Google distributes other a few other beta apps.
Google Launches 'My Account' Site with Privacy Controls
Google today published a new web site that people can use to manage their personal information. The My Account site offers a handful of features for checking the privacy of individual accounts and performing security checkups with step-by-step guides.
Google's 'About Me' Page Acts As Privacy Dashboard
Google has made available a new tool online for controlling what personal, work, and other data is shared publicly. Users can view, edit, and assign visibility to their phone numbers, email addresses, social network profiles, as well as basic personal identifiers such as age, gender, and locations.
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