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Google Seeks to Clarify Privacy Policy Changes

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Jan 31, 2012, 12:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.


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Jan 31, 2012, 1:15 PM

Big Brother = Google, Facebook, etc.

Facebook, Google, amongst some others are the absolute worst when it comes to privacy which basically equals none. What happened to the days when people sued for invasion of privacy? Are all these social apps and services really worth selling your lifestyle for profit? Guess so since it's so out of hand these days. Every company is getting into it now. Cell phone carriers like Verizon want to market your web history on your mobile device, etc. It's a new source of revenue and the technology is moving so fast that it's tough for new laws to be put into place to protect the consumer. Should be interesting to see how it all pans out aver the next ten years.

Jan 31, 2012, 12:48 PM


"Clarify" = "Jumbled mess of legal speak so difficult to understand that you would rather just hit 'accept' than argue about what we are doing" 😁
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