Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Feb 2012 14:53 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google "A group of European regulators has written to Google calling on it to halt the introduction of its new privacy policy, saying it needs to investigate whether the proposals sufficiently protect users' personal data." I'd rather regulators are on top of this now than when it's too late and we're all plugged into the Google Hivemind Overlord.
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RE: Why?
by tomcat on Sat 4th Feb 2012 23:37 UTC in reply to "Why?"
tomcat
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2006-01-06

And why can't users who get that rather obvious "We've changed things!" screen not just read the new privacy policy and decide for themselves? Don't like the policy... take your data and go elsewhere.


Because Google has a monopoly on search. It can't leverage that monopoly into other markets (e.g. mail, social, etc) and use those other markets to "enhance" search with irrelevant results that hinder privacy.

At the end of the day, Google is doing this because its efforts in the social network space have been lackluster, and it wants to force you to use their service. by tying the various services together.

Edited 2012-02-04 23:43 UTC

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RE[2]: Why?
by CapEnt on Sun 5th Feb 2012 01:40 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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2005-12-18

At the end of the day, Google is doing this because its efforts in the social network space have been lackluster, and it wants to force you to use their service. by tying the various services together.


Several different privacy policies do not stop any company to integrate their services, not even a bit.

By the end of day, they still can change 200 different contracts quietly, shove it in their users, and opt-in everyone in a new service.

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RE[3]: Why?
by tomcat on Sun 5th Feb 2012 02:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

"At the end of the day, Google is doing this because its efforts in the social network space have been lackluster, and it wants to force you to use their service. by tying the various services together.


Several different privacy policies do not stop any company to integrate their services, not even a bit.

By the end of day, they still can change 200 different contracts quietly, shove it in their users, and opt-in everyone in a new service.
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Google will be forced by the EU and other government antitrust regulators to back out this policy. Watch.

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RE[2]: Why?
by Beta on Wed 8th Feb 2012 11:05 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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2005-07-06

Because Google has a monopoly on search. It can't leverage that monopoly into other markets (e.g. mail, social, etc) and use those other markets to "enhance" search with irrelevant results that hinder privacy.

Google’s pushing of Chrome on their home page is leveraging their monopoly and imo, frankly an antitrust issue.

But them merging accounts you willfully signed up to together to make it easier for them and you, is not…

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