Have you checked Google’s new privacy policy?

So far I’ve ignored the many invitations from Google to check out its new privacy policy. I’m not alone, writes Frida Ghitis. “Most Americans paid little attention.”

If Americans — or people anywhere — decided to take up Google’s offer to check out its new policy, they would discover something so troubling, so frightening, really, that it would override the national tendency to leave companies alone to make money how they see fit. At least in the case of companies such as Google — and now Facebook — which know more about us than even our closest friends.

Ghitis doesn’t believe Google is deliberately doing evil, but she does believe “that it deliberately tries to deceive us when it claims the new privacy policy seeks “to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible.”

* Google knows too much about you
* Privacy watchdog warns against new Google watchdog

MORE ON GOOGLE: The Wall Street Journal reports Google is working on a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home. “The effort marks a sharp shift in strategy for Google, which for the first would time would design and market consumer electronic devices under its name,” the paper reports.



1 comment
  1. sparx said:

    That CNN article is terrible. It’s pure fear-mongering. She says we should be terrified of the new policy but then she doesn’t explain anything other than all the information Google has.

    The tech community has been looking very closely at the policy change. It always does. There are some arguments that it is bad. I personally like the changes. It personally is much easier to control the data they have. But that article does nothing to help the lay reader really understand what legal terms in the ‘EULA’ really mean.

    Word to the wise. Don’t get your technology perspectives from CNN.