Consumer Watchdog says the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should determine whether Google’s new policies violate the terms of Google’s consent agreement with the commission.
John M. Simpson (Director, Privacy Project, Consumer Watchdog): Google is making a huge change that weakens your privacy protection.
Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Article 29 Working Party, an association of the data commissioners from the European Union, wrote Google CEO Larry Page seeking the delay in implementing the policies, due to go into effect March 1.
Google’s consent agreement with the FTC came as a result of the “Buzz” debacle in which the Internet giant displayed users’ email addresses without their consent as it tried to launch a social network. Under the terms of the agreement, Google can’t use data it has collected in new ways unless users opt in to the new use.
Consumer Watchdog is a non-partisan U.S. public interest organization with offices in California and Washington, D.C.
Under the new policies, announced by Google last week, the Internet giant would combine data from different services that it had kept separate in the past.