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[3]: Why?
by tomcat on Sat 4th Feb 2012 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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"Dunno about the EU situation, but part of the reason Google's been getting a lot of heat from US legislators is because their "opt-out" options and pages seem very cryptic (to the average user) and sketchy. I think most people want a single "do not mine my data in any way, shape or form" option for them to tick.

At least, that's the impression I'm getting. Maybe it's a similar opinion in the EU.

Lets not forget that Microsoft is the main reason why Google has been catching flack from authorities lately. Microsoft and a group of its partners have been lobbying very hard for Google to be investigated.

I'm not sure how that's relevant. Google was lobbying the federal government to investigate Microsoft back in 2000. Now, MS is returning the favor. And apparently, Google learned nothing from the experience -- or thinks they're smarter than regulators.

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