Google and privacy: What’s the problem?
Google’s unification of its privacy policies has brought the firm wide criticism. But what’s actually the issue? Simon Brew has been taking a look…
Well, plenty. Perhaps, most importantly, there's the suggestion that Google is actually in breach of the law. The EU has argued that Google's new policy is unlawful, and American legislators are also believed to be raising concerns. The EU is arguing that Google is in breach of its directive regarding data protection, and discussions are believed to be ongoing.
Google, for its part, resisted calls to suspend the roll-out of its policy changes, and implemented them on 1 March 2012, arguing that it had consulted beforehand. Expect the legal arguments to go on for some time yet, then.
But again, what's actually the problem? For changes that are supposed to be so consumer friendly, why is there so much consternation about them?
There are two problems. Firstly, there's the manner in which Google has gone about the changes. Appreciating it's in something of a damned if you do, damned if you don't position, the issue here is that such major changes, no matter how friendly they're presented, have been rushed through, bypassing seemingly essential scrutiny as they've been accelerated.
Furthermore, there's been no real open central method by which users can ask questions and query just what's going on.
In This Article
Digital document processes in 2020: A spotlight on Western Europe
The shift from best practice to business necessityDownload now
Four security considerations for cloud migration
The good, the bad, and the ugly of cloud computingDownload now
VR leads the way in manufacturing
How VR is digitally transforming our worldDownload now
Deeper than digital
Top-performing modern enterprises show why more perfect software is fundamental to successDownload now