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The story might be plastered across the Internet, everywhere from Business Insider to the New York Times, but is this really a big deal?
Privacy advocates seem to think so, as do a fair few members of Congress and the European Commission, who suspects the new policy may violate European law. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the change violates a recent settlement with the commission regarding privacy changes. ”The company’s changes call into question how Google plans to use this information now and in the future,” Markey said. “I will continue to monitor this situation.”
A couple of Google’s services will be spared from the policy including Chrome and mobile payment processor Wallet, which will run on separate privacy policies. But for registered users of Gmail, Google+, and YouTube, there’s no escaping the personal data Google can gather.
“We aren’t collecting any new or additional information about users,” Google insists. “We won’t be selling your personal data. And we will continue to employ industry-leading security to keep your information safe.”
Google talks a great game. But can it be trusted?
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