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Google Updates Privacy Policies

Google Adjusts Language to Simplify Privacy Policies

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Google announced that it is updating its privacy policies to make them simpler. They don’t appear to have any changes involving CEO Eric Schmidt driving around neighborhoods in an ice cream truck, luckily.

Google isn’t actually changing any of its privacy practices. It’s just trying to make the language more understandable. Google Associate General Counsel Mike Yang outlines the updates:

  1. Most of our products and services are covered by our main Google Privacy Policy. Some, however, also have their own supplementary individual policies. Since there is a lot of repetition, we are deleting 12 of these product-specific policies. These changes are also in line with the way information is used between certain products—for example, since contacts are shared between services like Gmail, Talk, Calendar and Docs, it makes sense for those services to be governed by one privacy policy as well.
  2. We’re also simplifying our main Google Privacy Policy to make it more user-friendly by cutting down the parts that are redundant and rewriting the more legalistic bits so people can understand them more easily. For example, we’re deleting a sentence that reads, “The affiliated sites through which our services are offered may have different privacy practices and we encourage you to read their privacy policies,” since it seems obvious that sites not owned by Google might have their own privacy policies.

    In addition, we’re adding:

  • More content to some of our product Help Centers so people will be able to find information about protecting their privacy more easily; and
  • A new privacy tools page to the Google Privacy Center. This will mean that our most popular privacy tools are now all in one place.

Google says the updates will take effect on October 3. The company’s main privacy policy can be found here. There is also an FAQ here. We’ll see what Consumer Watchdog, who is running the above satircal video in Times Square, has to say about it.

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  • Guest

    Doesn’t matter what they do, nobody trusts Google anymore. The damage is done and this policy is just the same dog with different collar. It will be difficult for Google to regain the trust people had on them for so many years. I would not be surprised if Google will be a thing of the past within 3 years. Popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Yahoo, Bing, etc. are biting into Google’s search market pie and Google appears to be hell bent into pissing its users off with those irrelevant search results. I’m using Yahoo for search. I love it!

  • http://www.gartenfreunde-kersbach.de Lu

    @ Guest (Comment #1)
    Yahoo’s own search results are a thing of the past right now. Yahoo is using Bing’s search technologie.

  • http://www.infokwik.com Patrick Morgan

    Google is a corporation charged with making their stockholders profits. They are also a monopoly.

    They still have the best search engine in the world.

  • http://www.italkmoney.com sinip

    Come on, get serious, the very moment you stepped into internet you cold kiss your privacy good-bye. You want privacy – get off of the internet. That simple.

  • http://www.axisitp.com Price Comparison Script

    I dont use google..but Yahoo:)

  • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

    Based on comments made by readers here and on other blogs that write about Google it is likely that very few had ever read the original privacy statements so simplifying them for people who aren’t going to read them in the first place doesn’t seem to achieve much.

    People who did and do read them are more likely to understand them either way.

  • Sue G.

    NEVER BUY A GOOGLE PRODUCT like those fake ADWORDS or bad DROID phone- but use their free services. Its true that nobody trusts Google anymore. The damage is done as Google allows cyber stalking, invasion of privacy and false slanderous search results. Google is sued by thousands now for fake ADWORDS accounts and PRIVACY INVASION, FAKE SLANDER and Google will be a thing of the past soon. Popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Yahoo, Bing, etc. have RELEVANT search results. – Search “Google being sued” and view tons of results with people winning.