/ June 6, 2008

Need Privacy? Just "Google" it.

Google finds themselves in trouble once again as they are currently targeted for not being in compliance with privacy policy posting regulations. A number of privacy agencies have accused Google of making it exceptionally difficult to find and read the policies that they have constructed. This accusation follows much criticism for the lack of privacy that Google offers altogether, received by the internet giant in the past several months. To combat these charges Google has made changes to their site as recent as last month, most notably, the blurring of faces in the Google Maps street view application. The privacy groups give credit where credit is due involving the content of the policies formulated but the well-detailed plans are more difficult to locate than the groups would prefer.

The battle has taken the form of a standstill as Google refuses to place a link to its privacy policy directly on its main page and the groups insist they are in violation of the California code regarding this matter. Google defends the placement of their policies and note that they have gone out of their way to create user friendly viewing features. Included in their privacy statements are YouTube videos, ads and more to ensure that all users are completely clear on how they are being protected.
An interesting side note, upon “googling” “Google Privacy”, the first result on the page takes you directly to the policies in question.

Source: BBC News

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