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Privacy Policy Changes go too Far

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Google unveiled a new universal privacy policy that covers a majority of its offerings under one document. Many critics argue that their actions go too far and compromise individual privacy rights. Does it go too far or not?

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Posted by in Tech / News on 1/26/12
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Ryan Kazinec - 1/26/12 @ 8:12 PM:
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I suppose a lot will depend on the controls Google puts in place that allows users to control their level of privacy within their services. As an example: Facebook allows you to manipulate several areas of privacy including instant notifications of log ins, profile privacy, who can read what, etc... Now if Google offers all kinds of convenience services like the one listed below without any means of turning it off then that will make me a bit uncomfortable.

If they give the end users control over their privacy then I currently would be content with what they're doing. However, my opinion could change if new developments arise.

"Privacy hawks in Congress, however, were concerned with some of the details. Alma Whitten, Google's director of privacy, policy and engineering, for example, mentioned that Google could "provide reminders that you're going to be late for a meeting based on your location, your calendar and an understanding of what the traffic is like that day."

The prompted concern Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), who were worried about users' control over their information.

Today, Markey teamed up with several House colleagues to pen a letter to Google chief Larry Page asking for more information about how Google will collect data under this new policy, which goes into effect March 1.

Markey also said he will ask the Federal Trade Commission whether the changes violate Google's recent settlement with the agency, which bans Google from future privacy misrepresentations."
Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399435,00.asp

Ryan Kazinec - 1/26/12 @ 8:15 PM: Ally | Side A
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I just wanted to check and see, aren't those two democrats the same guys who passed legislation that will digitize all medical records and force people to buy health insurance? Last time I checked even the FBI couldn't keep their servers from shutting down due to hackers so how private are our medical records really going to be?
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