Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Mar 2011 22:41 UTC
Google Google will be subjected to independent privacy audits for the next 20 years over charges that it "violated its own privacy promises". The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that the search giant wrongly used information from Google Mail users last year to create its social network Buzz. The FTC ruled that "the options for declining or leaving the social network were ineffective". "Google Buzz fell short of our usual standards," Google said in a blog post. "While we worked quickly to make improvements, regulators unsurprisingly wanted more detail about what went wrong and how we could prevent it from happening again. "Today, we've reached an agreement with the FTC to address their concerns." That agreement will require Google to undergo a privacy review once every two years for the next 20 years.
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Comment by kvarbanov
by kvarbanov on Thu 31st Mar 2011 07:41 UTC
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This is the type of service you get these days - it's all about the money, by selling / showing your info at the proper places, obscured EULAs, even my lawyer cannot understand it, fortunately there are some commissions to work on that. The moral is: don't show too much interesting stuff on the net, as you may end up being disappointed, even if the provider had good intentions, still, errors can happen.

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RE: Comment by kvarbanov
by Nth_Man on Thu 31st Mar 2011 22:31 in reply to "Comment by kvarbanov"
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So, as EULAs are contracts, you show them to your lawyer.

To avoid weird problems in the future that's a good move :-)

Edited 2011-03-31 22:32 UTC

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