Google’s New All In One Privacy Policy Under Scrutiny By Government, Sent Up To FCC

Google announced earlier this week a more unified privacy policy. According to Google, the new policy which takes effect in March, gets rid of 60 other previously used policies and streamlines them into one global group Google policy.

While this may seem like a great idea, and in some ways it is, the policy also allows sharing between Google services under one unified policy. That too may sound like a great idea for you, me or businesses but for young adults, students and others who may not be as knowledgable about Google services, they may not know their rights.

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Many pundits have called for a just as unified opt out button which may solve some problem. Perhaps with a mass opt out for the unified policy, users could default back to the privacy policy of each Google product that they use.

Congressman Edward Markey is looking at the new policy closely and has decided to send it up to the FCC for review.

“All consumers should have the right to say no to sharing of their personal information, particularly when young people are involved.  Google’s new privacy policy should enable consumers to opt-out if they don’t want their use of YouTube to morph into YouTrack.  Consumers – not corporations – should have control over their own personal information, especially for children and teens. I plan to ask the Federal Trade Commission whether Google’s planned changes to its privacy policy violate Google’s recent settlement with the agency.”

In March of 2011 Google entered into a settlement with the FCC over their now defunct Google Buzz product. That statement found here, calls for Google to implement a comprehensive privacy policy with regular independent audits for 20 years.  Google’s settlement with the FCC was the precedent used for Facebook’s similar settlement when they ran into some privacy problems.

The question about Google and the FCC is whether or not consolidating all of their privacy policies leads to a more comprehensive policy a more open policy which got them in hot water in the first place.

source: 9to5Google, FCC

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