Privacy Group Sues FTC Over Google’s New Single Privacy Policy

Posted on Feb 9 2012 - 11:18am by Editorial Staff

Google’s whose new social search feature, “Search Plus You World”, earlier potentially results in make it to face the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its integration of Google+ in its search. The EPIC group, Electronic Privacy Information Center, may be filling a complaint with U.S. FTC.

The search engine giant which within a month’s period, with effective from March 1, is gearing up to change its current privacy policy – merging its all 60 different product policies into one, resulting into a one single big product sees a new injunction filed against its new single privacy policy rules – the privacy group filed a complaint (PDF) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requesting a preliminary injunction against the new privacy policy rules.

“Google’s announced changes to business practices will make it possible for advertisers to gain access to personal information which was previously unavailable to them,” EPIC said in its filing. So far, the agency has “failed” to block Google from making the changes, “placing the privacy interests of literally hundreds of millions Internet users at grave risk.”

“We take privacy very seriously. We’re happy to engage in constructive conversations about our updated Privacy Policy, but EPIC is wrong on the facts and the law,” a Google representative said. “We’re keeping your private information private–we’re not changing how any personal information is shared outside of Google.”

Google keep on facing the criticism from the time when it announced that it is converting its 60 products privacy policies into one big product policies – the company saw first a group of House Energy and Commerce members asked Google to explain why it plans to start tracking users and collecting information about them across all the company’s products – followed by Microsoft’s Frank X. Saw announced that the Redmond-based computing giant will be placing a series of ads in the US press this week, as it seeks to “remind people of the alternatives.”

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