Thursday, March 1, 2012

New privacy policy by Google

Article first published as New Privacy Policy by Google; Views From Around the World on Technorati.

Google is moving to the new privacy policy from March 1, 2012. In this privacy policy, Google would combine 60 privacy policies for different services into one and the data collected from one Google service will be shared to its other services, websites and products such as Gmail, YouTube and Blogger. Moreover, users will be able to make a comprehensive profile with this new privacy policy.
Fox News has reported that the new privacy policy will allow the company to get even more personal information of its 1 billion users around the world. However, that information will help the search giant to develop more powerful search engine and to improve many other features by the company.
Allan Chiang Yam-wang, Privacy Commissioner in Hong Kong, said that although the new privacy would help Google to get better advertising by understanding the internet users’ web browsing habits but users should have a choice to share their data.
"There is no problem them enhancing the efficiency of their advertising service, but they also need to maintain the autonomy of individual customers" he said. "For example, if I do not want to combine all my data in your services, is there any convenient means for me to opt out?"
Last week privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, in Canada, told Google to explain clearly the privacy issues as there may be some defects in the policy, which must be considered. In a letter to Stoddart, Google has reported that users have not to worry about the new privacy policy.
European regulators warned Google on Tuesday that the new privacy policy by the company is violating the privacy rules and they told them to delay the launch of the privacy policy. France’s data protection agency (CNIL) officials said on behalf of European Union members to the Google chief executive Larry Page,reported that it will investigate the new policy and would send questions by mid-March. “Google’s new policy does not meet the requirements of the European Directive on Data Protection.” The CNIL has
In all these circumstances, users are searching for something to be protected, so Abine may give some solution to the internet users around the world. It is a browser add-on to control privacy online. Moreover, Google has also reported how to keep the data security online.
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