September 4, 2010
Google Revises Privacy Policies
"We're simplifying and updating Google's privacy policies," Mike Yang, associate general counsel of Google, said Friday in a blog. "To be clear, we aren't changing any of our privacy practices; we want to make our policies more transparent and understandable," he said.
Google put more information into its product help pages to make it easier to find and added a new privacy-tools page to the online Privacy Center, said Yang.
The announcement came the day after a consumer rights group had a "Don't be evil?" animated ad shown a giant screen above thousands of people moving through Manhattan's Times Square.
A cartoon version of Google CEO Eric Schmidt was shown cruising through residential neighborhoods in an ice cream truck, spying on kids and disclosing their parents' online browsing habits.
In response to an AFP inquiry regarding the video, Google said: "We like ice cream as much as anyone, but we like privacy even more."
Google provides a number of tools for users to control their online privacy, such as Google Dashboard, Ads Preference Manager, Chrome incognito mode and "Ëoff the record' Gmail chat, the company said.
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