Google Accuses Facebook of Data Protectionism
ONLINE PRIVACYNovember 12, 2010
Google has taken a shot at Facebook in what VentureBeat describes as a "battle of sass" between the two companies. This week, Google blocked Facebook from importing Gmail contacts, saying that "data should be free" and that Facebook does not allow for easy export of contact information. When Facebook gave users a workaround, Google created a warning page entitled "Trap My Data," where users are prompted to think twice about uploading their contacts to the social networking site. The page also invites Gmail users to "register a complaint over data protectionism."