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.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Google's Tasks App Works Directly with Gmail and Calendar
Apr 25, 2018
Google believes its Tasks mobile application for Android and iOS devices will help users manage and complete tasks more efficiently. The app lets people create tasks lists; view, edit, and manage tasks from any device; and control tasks created in Gmail, Google Calendar, or on the web from mobile devices.
Google Retools Dashboard for Mobile Devices
Sep 8, 2017
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.
Driving Mode In Google Maps Predicts Your Destination
Jan 13, 2016
Google is adding a feature to Google Maps for Android today that guesses where drivers want to go and then helps them get there. Driving Mode factors in the user's home and work addresses, in addition to other destinations from previous searches.
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