Privacy warriors sue FTC over Google's policy tweak
Failure to halt imminent changes makes EPIC angry
The Electronic Privacy Information Center is suing the US Federal Trade Commission for failing to take action against Google's plans to change its terms of service on 1 March.
And on the other side of the Atlantic, Google offered a detailed but at times still fuzzy response to a bunch of lawmakers seeking to better understand exactly what the policy overhaul to Google's vast online estate meant for its users.
Unlike data protection groups in Europe, the FTC hasn't asked Google to delay the heavily trailed changes to its terms of service.
Google insists the tweak is all about improved "user experience". Privacy activists counter that such a data-farming exercise has serious implications about the safeguarding of personal information online.
"EPIC alleges that this change in business practice is in clear violation of the consent order that Google entered into on October 13, 2011. The consent order arises from a complaint that EPIC brought to the Commission in February, 2010 concerning Google Buzz and a similar attempt by Google to combine user data without user consent," said the group in a statement on its website.
Google dismissed EPIC's claims.
The FTC could not immediately be reached for comment at time of writing. ®
Here at Anon Castle
.. we also take privacy very seriously.
Time to move on from the Google.
Fixed it for you Kelly
Google insists the tweak is all about improved "advertiser experience".
Surely this surprises no-one coming from the same company that did... uhh... Google Earth? Pers'nally I think taking pictures of everywhere in the world and showing your house (with a broken fence, no curtains up and the grass needing a cut *facepalm*) is infinitely more intrusive.
I think they're ripe for a backlash, and I hope Faceballs goes the same way as Bebo, MySpace etc... not that I'm a spiteful git or anything