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Stoddart: Clearer Google Privacy Policy Needed


March 2, 2012

In light of yesterday's implementation of Google's new consolidated privacy policy, Canada Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has sent a letter to the company expressing privacy concerns, The Chronicle Herald reports. Noting the policy was "a step in the right direction," Stoddart added, "We strongly encourage you to make it clearer to users that if they are uncomfortable with these new uses of information, they can create separate accounts. This is not clearly stated in your privacy policy." Regulators and privacy advocates from around the globe are expressing similar concerns. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding says the changes do not comply with EU data protection rules, and Privacy International's Alexander Hanff has filed a monetary claim against the company. Google Director of Privacy Alma Whitten has defended the company's changes.
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