Google to give closed-door briefing on policy changes

Byron Acohido, USA Today,  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Google CEO Larry Page won't be testifying before Congress this week. In response to an invitation last week from Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., who asked Page to appear and explain the company's user policy changes, two other Google executives will appear.

Lawmakers say questions remain about Google’s policy

Cecilia Kang, Post Tech, The Washington Post,  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lawmakers said Tuesday that they still have questions regarding Google’s privacy policies after receiving an explanatory letter from the company. Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) both said they had lingering questions about the policy, particularly about whether the company will allow its account holders to opt out of data collection and integration between its services.

In letter to Congress, Google defends privacy changes

Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld,  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In a letter sent to eight members of Congress, Google yesterday defended its move to consolidate its privacy policies and users' personal information. The 13-page letter explains Google's decision to alter its privacy policies and answers specific questions from the legislators. In sum, Google contended that its approach to privacy has not changed, that users still have control over how they use the company's various online services, and that private information remains private.

Google Apps are not affected by new the universal privacy policy except when they are

Kevin Purdy, TechRepublic,  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Takeaway: On one hand, new universal privacy policies do not apply Google Apps users; on the other hand it does, depending on where you look.

Google privacy impact on feds becomes clearer

Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Responding to an outcry over its new privacy policy, Google is now offering tips on how users can minimize the profiling of their personal information. But federal users still may be vulnerable to new risks under the policy, experts said.

Google's Paying Clients Exempt from Privacy Policy?

Eric Chabrow,,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Google says its new privacy policy that has some privacy advocates up in arms will not have the same impact on businesses and government agencies that pay for its commercial Google Apps services as it does on its nonpaying users. But a privacy advocate contends some Google Apps for Government customers' contracts state they must adhere to the published privacy policy.

Google Defends Privacy Changes as Questions Mount

John P. Mello, Jr., PC World,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Following a flurry of criticism over its privacy policy revamp, Google is attempting to clear up misconceptions about its actions. Users still have control over what information Google sees; Google is not collecting any more data about users than it has in the past; and users can use as much or as little as they want of Google, Google Policy Manager Betsy Masiello declares in a company blog on Thursday.

Congress Puts Google On Defense Over Privacy Policy Changes

Carl Franzen, TPMIdeaLab,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Google’s recent announcement that it will consolidate 60 disparate privacy policies for its various products into one meta-privacy policy, allowing the company to combine and mine user information across all of the Google products, hasn’t gone over well with Congress.

Google Should Allow Governments to Opt Out

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould,
Friday, January 27, 2012

Google has decided to grant itself greater freedom to combine all the information it gleans about users from its vast array of online products in order to target ads at them ever more precisely (see Google's Paying Clients Exempt from Privacy Policy?). The company's new privacy policy announced this week underpins a powerful business model. Unfortunately, it is also an obvious threat to the privacy and safety of the information stored in Google's popular government cloud service known as Google Apps for Government.

Moves afoot to limit tracking of Web users

Byron Acohido, USA Today,  Friday, January 27, 2012

They may be battling each other tooth-and-nail to win over online advertisers. But Google and Facebook are on the same side when it comes to opposing new data-handling privacy laws fast-gelling in Europe and the U.S.