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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:52 PM

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Google's new privacy policy begins. Does it break the law?
by Don Reisinger | March 1, 2012 7:28 AM PST


Summary: The European Union's Justice Commission says that several agencies across the Eurozone have serious worries about the Internet titan's "simple" privacy experience.

Today is the big day. But not everyone is too excited about it.

Google has officially implemented its new, combined privacy policy. On the company's Privacy Policy page, Google describes everything from how it collects information across its many sites to what it does with all that information.

After announcing plans in January to implement a combined privacy policy that covers all of its many services, the search company said that it would make for a "beautifully simple, intuitive user experience."

"The main change is for users with Google Accounts. Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you're signed in, we may combine information you've provided from one service with information from other services," Alma Whitten, director of privacy, product and engineering, wrote in a blog post at the time. "In short, we'll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience."

But not everyone is too pleased the search giant went forward with the change. In a letter dated February 27 and obtained today by CNET, France's data protection authority, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL), wrote to Google CEO Larry Page saying that the privacy policy might not be lawful under European Union rules.

"The CNIL and the EU data protection authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of personal data across services," the letter reads. "They have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing, and about its compliance with European Data.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:24 PM

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Google's privacy policy doomsday goes ahead despite warnings

By Zack Whittaker | March 1, 2012, 2:01am PST

Summary: March 1st: the start of a new month, and a new era in Google?s history. A new privacy policy is set, but Google faces continued pressure from governments to roll back the decision.

In less than a year since Google rolled out its Facebook-competing social network, Google+, the search giant has stirred the international community with a new one-size-fits-all privacy policy.

It came into force today after weeks of complaints and warnings by authorities. Not everything is a plus, and Google continues to stir up trouble by seemingly putting advertisers? wants ahead of its users? needs.

The ?simplified? privacy policy now consolidates over 70 privacy documents into one, allowing signed in users to have their data shared from one Google product to another, even if they don?t want to. Google Maps records are now kept with search results, and combine Google+ and Gmail searches, records, and uploaded information, and so on.

It not only makes government access to your data far easier, and while Google does not collect any more data on its users, the changes rolled out today on March 1st allows the company to build up a far greater picture of who you are as individuals.

Read more: http://www.zdnet.com...-warnings/70578


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:25 PM

Please read in addition:

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Google Privacy Policy Changes Survival Guide

By Violet Blue | February 29, 2012, 3:09am PST

Summary: This simple guide gives concrete, individual guidance to prepare you for Google?s new privacy policy.

http://www.zdnet.com...ival-guide/1102


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:26 PM

Another article to think about:

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Japan expresses concern over Google?s new privacy policy

By Hana Stewart-Smith | March 1, 2012, 2:03am PST

Summary: In a letter to Google, the Japanese government have raised concerns over the newly launched privacy policy, which it thinks may be in breach of Japanese data protection laws.

http://www.zdnet.com...acy-policy/1207