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Google To Brief Congress; Advocates Want it Public

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 2, 2012

Google executives will brief a congressional committee in private today on changes to its privacy policy that will go into effect in March, rousing objections from a consumer group. USA TODAY reports that Consumer Watchdog Director John Simpson wrote in a letter to Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), who chairs the committee, "Your investigation into Google's practices that affect millions of Americans should be public," but according to Bono Mack's senior advisor, the briefing will go as planned. "It gives us an opportunity to collect information, ask tough questions and determine whether a hearing or investigation is warranted," he said. But Simpson says, "Allowing Google to give secret briefings does not serve the committee nor the public interest."
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