Two consumer advocacy groups claim that Google has violated user privacy with its recent policy change and have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.
The question essentially boils down to whether the search giant made it clear what the changes are and their implications. According to the consumer advocates, Google’s lack of explanation may have caused users to accept the company’s policy changes without any proper understanding of its consequences. John Simpson, privacy project director for Consumer Watchdog heavily criticized Google, demanding that an action be taken against the company:
Google indeed has been a serial privacy violator. Something needs to be done that gets their attention.
Google is omnipresent; quite literally, billions of users use its services. However, manipulating its consumers and collecting private data for money are not acceptable, and Google needs to execute privacy-related changes in a clear and transparent manner so that it’s never again embroiled in this kind of controversy.
Google needs to execute privacy-related changes in a clear and transparent manner so that it’s never again embroiled in this kind of controversy.
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