Some of those people work for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), who tried to sue in Federal Court to force the FTC to review Google’s upcoming privacy changes. They were told in no certain terms to buzz off by the court, ruling that the court system has no authority to compel the executive branch-based FTC to decide whom it will investigate.
We think Google’s statement is admirably clear compared to the overly legalistic wording of most other privacy policies, but certainly we want Google to come clean to the FTC about whatever is asked. In the end though, we suspect that it’s ultimately up to the FTC to decide whether Google has complied or not, and it seems likely the appeals court will hold a similar view.
We’ve added Google’s privacy statement in the source links, so you can make up your own minds.
1. tward291 posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:06 1
google changing its private policy has cause alot of ppl to clamp them cheeks close lol
2. tward291 posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:21 2
after reading google private policy i only see one thing some people may not like
we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.
other than that the policy does not seem to be invasive.
3. taz89 posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:23 1
lol it seems like actually make things easier for people and letting people know whats happening is the wrong thing to do...i guess they should have just kept everything confused with small prints and large eulas like other companies.
5. JGuinan007 posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:52 1
6. hybris posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:56 1
I agree with everyone... Google is being upfront and transparent-- every time I go onto google it asks me to read it. What's the outrage? It's their company and it's the individual end user's choice, why are people up in arms?
7. Scott_H posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:55 2
What I find really strange is that people seem more upset by this than they do about Target tracking enough information to figure out when you're pregnant so they can send you coupons for baby stuff to your house. That's personal information, will names, addresses, and it's potentially revealing private information to others in your household, but instead people are all up in arms because Google is clarifying their policy and doesn't share identifiable information with anyone.
I assume it just seems scarier because it involves computers and the internet?
9. 14545 posted on 27 Feb 2012, 16:37 2
Exactly. Personally I'm going to like El Goog's services being more unified. It will make things easier on me, and google has given me no reason not to trust them. If they do something actually wrong, then I would take pause. But they haven't. So what's the big deal.