The FTC is reviewing Google over privacy concerns... again
But we all know this and have learned to live with the idea, hoping that when robots become sentient, Google's servers wouldn't become their SkyNet. Well, that, and there are certain government bodies and consumer organizations that monitor different companies' actions when it comes to privacy and defending the consumer's interests.
Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse are such consumer advocate bodies and they have recently pointed the FTC's (Federal Trade Commission) attention towards a change of policies Google made back in June. The issue they have with it in particular is the fact that the new policy, which Google asked you to agree to back then, outlines that the company will now be able to merge the data that its various services collect on you — Maps, Play Music, Search, etc. — with its DoubleClick advertising service. Basically, it will be able to paint a clearer picture of who a specific person is and what their interests and routines are, then feed that information in its ad service.
Apparently, back in 2007, when Google acquired DoubleClick, the search giant promised that it wouldn't merge the data it collects on users with the advertising network. Now, it has gone back to change that practice.
The FTC said it is currently looking into the allegations. Should it find Google guilty of misleading consumers and crossing that privacy line yet again, the consumer watchdogs say that the company could be forced to forgo its ad-generated earnings from the month of June to today. Ouch.
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source: The Washington Post